Find your way to the playground

Find your way to the playground

Children's play is not just a pastime, it is necessary for their development. Through play they develop physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Play is a way of learning to live.

To minimize the risk of accidents, we have weekly inspections of the public playgrounds during the summer season. In addition, we carry out an annual inspection of each playground. If you notice any broken playground equipment, please report it immediately to Customer Services.

Playgrounds that are refurbished are adapted so that children and parents with disabilities can use them at least partially. On average, three or four playgrounds are upgraded per year.

In smaller towns and villages outside the zoned area, associations can apply for grants for their own playgrounds. Grants are available for both the construction and operation of playgrounds.

More information about the grants can be found here:
Grant standards

Skellefteå municipality wants to offer children places in the public environment for play, rest, movement, nature experiences, physical challenges and meetings with others. This should be offered in a safe, accessible and inclusive environment. To achieve this, guidelines for the municipality's public playgrounds have been developed. The guidelines ensure that the municipality's playgrounds maintain a high standard and quality. The guidelines concern the design of playgrounds and how to prioritize between different playgrounds in order to make well-founded and fair decisions for the municipality as a whole.

Guidelines for the design of playgrounds

The availability of good play environments for children is very important as play and physical activity have a positive impact on children's health and well-being. Research also shows that children's stress resistance, motor skills and ability to concentrate improve when they have access to good play environments. There are also other benefits to creating these environments. For example, a good playground should be inviting to everyone in the community, regardless of background. It can promote everyday life for citizens and provide conditions for better cohesion, integration and safety.

There are many aspects to consider when designing play environments. A playground should obviously be safe so that no one is seriously injured. At the same time, the playground should include challenges to add some excitement. This makes the place more stimulating and interesting.

Children are individuals with different preferences, likes and dislikes. Therefore, there should also be a variety between and within different playgrounds. There should be open spaces with good visibility and opportunities to run and play, but equally important are places to get away. Depending on your personality and mood, you should be able to choose to sit quietly by the side and observe or play alone. Also, not all children have the same abilities, so accessible playgrounds are essential. All playgrounds should be accessible as far as possible, based on the conditions of the site.

Research shows that playing in natural environments is preferable. Integrating playgrounds into existing nature creates greater play value. Children are allowed to use their own creativity and imagination to a greater extent if the play environment contains components other than the built playground. In addition, research shows that play becomes less gendered and more equal in nature.

Children's motor skills also improve when playing in green and natural environments. Children develop control over their bodies by balancing, climbing, canoeing, running and jumping. Nature-like environments with a wide variety of topography and materials make it irresistible for children to play and naturally develop their skills.

Moröhöjden's playground. An example of a playground that is well integrated into the existing forest environment, which contributes to increased play value.

Playground categories

Play environments can be prepared playgrounds, with traditional play equipment but it can also be a forest grove or a simple gravel track for cycling. It can be a sledding hill, a walkway with mirrors or a log balance track. Not all places can be used in all seasons, or at all times of the day, but the more variety there is, the more children can find the place where they feel most comfortable. Skellefteå municipality has previously used the playground categories Stadsdelslekplats and Närlekplats. Now two new playground categories are being added - Excursion Playground and Play Forest. The existence of playgrounds of varying types and sizes is positive as it provides a wider range and more choices. In this way, a larger target group is included.

Guidelines for prioritizing playgrounds

Skellefteå municipality is currently responsible for 97 public playgrounds. These playgrounds require continuous care and maintenance. But to meet the safety requirements set by law, more extensive renovations are also required at regular intervals. The strong growth that Skellefteå is undergoing can also provide a need and basis for new playgrounds. In some cases, decommissioning may be relevant, for example in areas where newer and more attractive places for play exist.

To make as fair a prioritization as possible between different playgrounds and locations in the municipality, we need to take into account several aspects. These include the geographical context such as the distance between playgrounds, dangerous or unsafe barriers such as major roads and watercourses, and location in the terrain/area. The number of children living in the playground's catchment area is of course also important to consider, as well as how many playgrounds there are in relation to the number of children in the area. As you know, Skellefteå is facing a large population increase and we will see many new homes and new residential areas being built within the next ten years. This is also an important aspect to consider when planning the playgrounds.

Movium, the think tank at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, has developed a model for inventorying the play value of playgrounds. The model evaluates various qualities that provide important conditions for stimulating play. Among other things, the site's topography, vegetation, influence, accessibility, etc. are analyzed. In the summer of 2019, a play value inventory was carried out on all the municipality's playgrounds and this is now used as a basis for prioritization.

The age and condition of the playgrounds are most important when it comes to prioritizing, as a playground in poor condition can eventually become dangerous.

The guidelines for play environments were adopted by the urban planning committee in April 2021.

The full text of the guidelines

If you would like to see the full Guidelines for the design of playgrounds, please contact our customer service.

Contact details for customer service.

The explorer

Explore Skellefteå municipality through our playgrounds! Visit the playgrounds and then tell us which playground you liked best.

Below you will find more information and two different maps of playgrounds, one for the city center where you can get around by bike and one that shows playgrounds around Skellefteå municipality.

Visit the playgrounds and then tell us which playground you liked best. Email your answer
to and mark your answer with "Discoverer". State the name and address of the playground discoverer and which playground you liked best, preferably with a

All playground hunters who send in their answers will receive a nice gift. Ten playgrounds have been selected, but in Skellefteå municipality there are many more nice playgrounds to visit.

Map for printing

The explorer on a bike in central Skellefteå , 2.8 MB.

The explorer in the whole municipality , 3.6 MB.

NOTE! In winter, instead of the playgrounds, there are many wonderful sledding hills and barbecue areas to discover in our municipality.