Playgrounds in parks re-opening and stop the litter appeal

Published Friday, 3 July 2020

Playgrounds in parks across the borough are being re-opened on Saturday 4 July, with park visitors being reminded about the continued need for social distancing.

Playgrounds will be open again, with barriers removed and equipment checked for safety working, with visitors being asked to remember to keep their distance from other people and not use the play area if there are already too many children using the play equipment. Whilst equipment is not being cleaned, visitors are encouraged to wash their hands before and after using the play equipment with their own hand sanitiser and with soap and water when they return home. 

Park visitors are also being asked to leave the park as they found it, placing litter in a nearby bin or taking it home.

“Our much loved parks and greenspaces have seen greater visitor numbers as we all have sought to stay local and see friends in a socially distanced way. We are opening our playgrounds in line with government guidance but we really need parents and carers to use them responsibly. Keep your distance from others, remembering about handwashing and even sharing the equipment by time limiting so that as many children as possible can use the play area. This will be difficult but I would encourage parents to talk to their children and explain they may not be able to use the play area if it is already busy and clearly this will a judgement call for each parent” said Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services.

Councillor Huntington-Thresher added, “I am increasingly concerned by the amount of litter that some people seemingly think it is perfectly acceptable to leave behind when they leave. We are seeing food remains, drinks bottles and cans all just left behind and discarded face masks and the like and it has to stop, for the good of us all and for our environment and wildlife.”

Parks in London’s largest borough have remained open throughout the pandemic, with the re-opening of playgrounds coming at the first opportunity and marking the latest part of the national recovery phase.


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