3 July 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown has been difficult for lots of people, in many different ways. Being able to visit Preston's beautiful parks and open spaces has been a lifeline for the health and wellbeing of many residents. The easing of restrictions so play areas can be used again will be welcome news to many families, but this has to be done in a safe way for everyone.
Our Parks teams will be working very hard to visit each site, carry out safety inspections on play equipment, and changing signage to give appropriate guidelines on using the play areas in a safe way that protects everyone. This means that not every play area in Preston will be safe and ready for this weekend, but should be over the coming week.
Play areas hoping to be open on Saturday 4 July:
We're also hopeful of opening play areas at Haslam Park and Grange Park, but this is not guaranteed.
Councillor Robert Boswell, Cabinet member for environment and community safety, said,
"Good weather in the summer time means busy play areas across Preston. This year has been very different due to the Coronavirus pandemic and with Government restrictions easing, we know families will be eager to visit and use the play equipment again.
"While everyone is working really hard to carry out the necessary safety checks at play areas across the city, we'd ask that people continue to be patient so each site can be thoroughly checked before it's opened for use. If you visit a site which is still taped off and closed, please respect this and return another day.
"The number one priority is the health and safely of all residents and visitors to the play areas so we'd ask people to continue to follow social distancing and hand sanitising practices to protect themselves and others."
We're also pleased to announce the re-opening of the Pavilion Café at Avenham Park from Saturday 4 July, 7 days a week between 11am - 4pm.
We would ask customers to follow the signage which will detail specific requirements at the venue.