Aberdeen has become the first city in Scotland to approve the removal of "No Ball Games" signs throughout the city.
Hundreds of the warning notices, which have no legal validity, will be taken down from council-owned or managed green spaces across Aberdeen during the next 12 months.
The decision by councillors on the communities, housing and infrastructure committee is a first for local authorities in Scotland.
The signage, located at various locations around the city, was erected over a number of years on a piecemeal basis at the request of local residents.
The aim was to deter what was regarded as anti-social behaviour.
The council's convener of communities, housing and infrastructure, Neil Cooney, said: “This is a first for Scotland and it makes sense.
“The ban on ball games is unenforceable and the removal of these signs may help our kids become healthier by encouraging more outdoor play.
"Get out and get healthy, that’s the message we are trying to get across here.”
The removal of the signage was supported by a number of organisations, including Aberdeen Greenspace, Aberdeen Play Forum, Aberlour Futures, Aberdeen Council of Volunteer Organisations, Creative STAR Learning Company and Play Scotland.
The removal work, which will include several hundred signs, is due to be completed by UK National Play Day on August 3, 2016.
There will be some small savings for the city council on maintenance budgets, as there will be no ongoing maintenance or replacement costs of signs, no spraying around the signs and easier access for grass cutting.