3. National Playing Fields Association The Six Acre Standard Minimum Standards for Outdoor Playing Space

The National Playing Fields Association’s (NPFA) recommendations for outdoor playing space, i.e., for sport, recreation and children’s play, are a global statement of the amount of land required per 1,000 population, and should be regarded as a minimum standard.

The NPFA recommends a minimum standard for outdoor playing space of 2.4 hectares per 1,000 population. Although the metric system is used as the main system of measurement throughout this publication, the title The Six Acre Standard has been retained because that name is widely associated with the NPFA standard.

Depending on the population profile of the locality concerned, the total standard should be met by an aggregation of space within the ranges following:


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