Parks and countryside service updates
Many playgrounds now open
Many of our outdoor playgrounds opened from Saturday 4 July. This is on a trial basis.
This is in response to a further relaxing of the government’s lockdown measures on the use of outdoor gyms and playgrounds.
If you’re planning on visiting one of our playgrounds, then you must be properly prepared, so you can minimise the risk of your family catching the virus.
We remind people to stay alert to the dangers of coronavirus, and that people using our playgrounds do so at their own risk.
Please follow our detailed guidance about the use of playgrounds below.
Please be aware that The Look Out play area remains closed at this time.
Please be considerate of other park users and put litter or bagged dog waste in the bins provided. If bins are full or unavailable, please take your waste home with you.
Many of our car parks to green spaces are now open. However, please note that:
- Horseshoe Lake car park is closed every night, between the hours of 7pm until 7am
- Westmorland Park car park closes daily at 4pm until the following morning
These temporary closures are to prevent groups gathering in the car park when it gets dark, which leads to increased amounts of antisocial activity and is also against social distancing guidelines.
To support our car parks remaining open we ask that you take some simple steps, which include:
- only leave cars parked in a marked bay, where these are clearly marked
- please don’t queue in your car or circulate waiting for a space if the car park is full - if there is no space please try again later
- social distancing must be applied during the walk and when getting into and out of your car - this includes keeping 2 metres away from others and keeping dogs on leads
Dog walkers should always keep their dogs on a lead. This is to avoid them chasing each other which could result in owners breaking social distancing guidelines to separate them.
Cycling in Swinley Forest
Cyclists in Swinley Forest are encouraged to ride within their limits.
Please be considerate of pedestrians, as any accidents will cause extra strain on our local NHS resources at this difficult time.
Please follow these instructions to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus:
- if you or any member of your household has coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating, then you must not visit our playgrounds
- if the playground is busy (the maximum number of people allowed in at any one time), please do not enter but come back later
- only one parent or guardian should enter the playground to supervise their child or children
- only children from the same household or bubble should use a piece of play equipment at the same time
- you and your children should stay at least 2 metres apart from others unless they are from the same household or bubble - or 1 metre if you are wearing face coverings
- sanitise your children’s hands before and after they use the equipment - scientific advice suggests that the virus can survive for up to several days on some hard surfaces
- encourage children to avoid putting their mouths on equipment, their hands in their mouths, or to touch their face
- do not eat or drink while in the playground
- leave the playground clean and tidy for others, take your litter home with you or put it any bins provided
Public rights of way
Only use your local public rights of way network for lawful access.
Membership to The Parks Tennis has reopened. For more details, please see our Tennis page.
Membership to the Westmorland Park Lawn Tennis club is currently suspended. We are awaiting information about when this will reopen.
Wash your hands
Please take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.