Toddlers need pink space, which looks exciting but is really safe. Young children cannot be allowed to stray far from their parents. For crawling and scrambling, they need clean dog-free space with good supervision and regular cleaning. Having seen hundreds of empty children's playgrounds, many planning critics, unlike practising planners, have concluded that children's playgrounds are unloved and unwanted. This is not so. But play areas need central locations and are suitable only for young children.