Pop up Parks is a network organisation representing those interested in transforming public space using creative approaches to improve play and health outcomes.

Pop up Parks is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2014 by a group of educationalists, designers and fabricators interested in how playful interactions in urban environments could influence and change people's behaviours. The concept of Pop up Parks was incubated by a programme called 'The Knee High Design Challenge' run by the Design Council and supported by Guy's and St. Thomas' Charity. The project seed funded and nurtured project ideas that could provide innovative solutions to health and wellbeing challenges for children aged under five in the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.

The concept was founded by Tom Doust, Jack Roche and James Sale who lead a pilot programme in London within a number of communities with high populations living in densely populated housing, working directly with families with children under five in low socio-economic areas. The project developed with the support of Helena Rice, Lisa Price and Laura Blake, working in 25 community locations and with cultural partners including Southbank Centre and The Barbican in London.

Today Pop up Parks operates as a networking and placemaking organisation. The networking is lead by Tom Doust through this website, public speaking engagements and the sharing of projects and evidence. The palcemaking is lead by James Sale in collaboration with Co-DB, a team of designers and makers.


Tom Doust - Director                           James Sale - Head of Design