[Tagging] tag proposal for soft play centres

Matthijs Melissen info at matthijsmelissen.nl
Wed Oct 23 11:55:00 UTC 2013

First of all, I can confirm such centres exist in the Netherlands and
Luxembourg as well. So far I have tagged them as lesiure=playground,
building=yes. I never heard of the name 'soft play centre', though,
and I was not able to guess from the title what the proposal was
about. Is there no name friendlier for non-natives? The Luxembourgish
one calls itself an indoor playground, by the way.

I think the proposal would benefit from a more precise definition. You
mention that soft play areas are often supervised, are often indoors,
and are often paid. So how should playgrounds be tagged that are
supervised, paid, and outdoors? Or supervised, free, and indoors?
Compare also the recent discussion about play rooms. Also, the word
'supervision' might be confusing, because although there is staff
present, I think soft play centres still require that the parents stay
around (as opposed to a creche).

An alternative would be, of course, to add tags like staffed=yes,
fee=yes, and indoor=yes to the playground tag. That might be easier,
because it might not be easy to draw a hard line between playgrounds
and soft play centres. But if you can come up with a good definition
that distinguishes them, I support your proposal.

-- Matthijs

On 23 October 2013 13:25, Dominic Hosler <dominichosler at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have just realised the link is broken.
> I am sending the correct link here
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Soft_play
> I look forward to hearing your views on this proposal.
> Thank you,
> Dominic.
> ---------------
> Dominic Hosler dominichosler at gmail.com
> Tue Oct 22 15:43:34 UTC 2013
> ----------------
> Hi,
> I have just proposed a tag to use for soft play centres.
> This tag is leisure=soft_play and I detailed it in this proposal
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Soft_play.
> There is not currently a tag that covers the usage requirements that this
> one does.
> I have already used this tag on a couple of soft play centres.
> I would welcome your comments on how I could improve the proposal.
> Thank you,
> Dominic.
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