Play areas in many of Preston’s parks will start to reopen from today (Saturday 4 July) as the government continues to ease lockdown restrictions.Advertisement
Avenham Park, Moor Park, Ashton Park and Ribbleton Park’s play areas will hopefully be opened to the public on Saturday; however, Preston City Council says there may be some delays as this needs to be done in a safe way.
The council is also looking to open play areas in Haslam Park and Grange Park but this is not yet guaranteed.
Play areas across the country were closed during the lockdown to avoid the spread of coronavirus to the dismay of many families, but as more restrictions are lifted, play areas are now able to reopen.
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The Parks teams will be visiting each site to carry out safety inspections on play equipment and changing signage to give appropriate guidelines.
The Pavilion Café in Avenham Park will also reopen from Saturday for seven days a week between 11am and 4pm.
Councillor Robert Boswell, Cabinet member for environment and community safety, said: “Good weather in the summertime 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.
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“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.”
The council ask that the public follow the signage which will detail specific requirements at each park.
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