The evolution of the living organism we call city, unavoidably is affected and affects the life of its citizens. Its functions, the relationships born, the form of the environment, the ideas promoted, and the activities sheltered within are shaped as they adapt to the needs and priorities of its inhabitants. During this process not all of the citizens are favored.
Even though children are often left on the sidelines, as active members of our society they participate in the evolution of their environment. Through activities, such as play, the younger members of the community claim a piece of space for themselves.
Concentrating on the importance of play, its connection with the urban space, and the position of the child in the city, associations regarding children’s development and the evolution of the city are highlighted. The focus of this research is on the role and the importance of children’s play in the urban context, as well as on the availability and suitability of the spaces specifically devised for that purpose.