News about the playground

Re-opened – but caution required. Please read all the following information ...

It has now been possible to re-open the playground after repairs have been done following a thorough RoSPA inspection.

There are now some new signs at the playground providing some important messages for all users in connection with the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

In particular, it should be noted that it is the responsibility of all users to ensure good hygiene, adhere to Government guidelines and that use of the facility is at their own risk. 

These measures are all designed to help slow the spread of the disease, protect the NHS and ultimately save lives.

It is recognised that children need physical activity to release pent-up energy as well as for their growth and development. But a trip to any playground cannot be quite as carefree as it was before COVID-19.

Going to any playground will be a different experience and all parents should prepare their children mentally for this. Please help children understand and follow all new guidelines, discuss good hand hygiene, explain why people might be wearing masks and why adults might be staying closer to their children than normal.

Parents will want to supervise their children more actively and be ready to intervene to minimise any risky behaviours.

Like any other decision that people will be making at the moment, everyone will want to weigh the risks and benefits before visiting a playground. Anyone who has close contacts with elderly people, such as grandparents, or with people with high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease, should consider not going to playgrounds.

For those who choose to visit playgrounds, there are things they can do before, during, and after every visit to minimise risks, in addition to preparing children, mentally, for the new situation.

Wash your and your children’s hands before and after visiting. Take hand sanitiser with you and consider taking a bottle of water if your children’s hands get dirty. Ensure your children are using hand sanitiser frequently. Good hand hygiene will be very important so that whatever gets onto hands doesn’t get into mouths or noses.

If the playground is busy, consider coming back at another time. Talk to your children about this possibility before visiting. You may want to leave if the playground is too crowded or choose to visit during less popular times of day.

A copy of the new signs at the playground is attached at the bottom of this web-page. Wording on the signs includes the following:

  • Do not enter unless using play equipment
  • Do not visit is you are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms: high fever (above 38°C) or cough
  • No more than one adult per household
  • Adults should monitor young children at all times
  • Maintain social distancing as per Government guidelines. Do not use equipment if distancing cannot be maintained
  • If the playground is busy, please find another place to play
  • If busy, please limit your time to help others
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after play
  • Sanitise your hands often during play
  • Do not put mouths on play equipment or hands in mouths or on faces
  • Do not eat and drink in the playground
  • Please take all your litter home.

COVID-19 – we all play a part in keeping each other safe ...