Take extra care as playgrounds reopen

Friday 3 July 2020

Play parks

It’s been a long time for families to go without access to local play areas, and Milton Keynes Council is saying a big thanks to everyone for staying off equipment during the lockdown.

Government restrictions around playgrounds end on 4 July, so swings and slides, outdoor gyms, skate parks and other games areas around the borough can again be used.  MK Council is asking families and carers to follow the latest national guidelines so all play area users can stay safer:

  • Keep socially distant, more than 2m apart from people you don’t live with.
  • Ideally no more than one adult should accompany each child using the play area.
  • Please bring hand sanitiser or wipes for children to use.
  • Give ‘touch points’ on equipment a wipe before and after use.
  • Let others take a turn to avoid queues building up.
  • Remind children not to touch their faces or put their mouths on the equipment.
  • Please take rubbish home, especially if nearby bins are full.

MK Council has put more resources into bin collections but in some places the rubbish is building up faster than it can be collected.

There are just over 400 play areas in the borough, some of which are managed by the Parks Trust and others by MK Council. 

In addition, Emberton Country Park will be reopening its static caravans and play areas from 4 July. From Friday 10 July, bookings will be taken for touring electrical hook ups. MK Council currently expects to reopen its camping bookings service for the park on 13 July.  More details will be available on the council website.

Councillor Emily Darlington, Cabinet Member for the Public Realm said, “Play areas are important places for children. All our green space is much loved in Milton Keynes and it boosts everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing. 

Lots of families have been waiting for these spaces to reopen. Please use playgrounds carefully because, as we’ve seen lately in Leicester and elsewhere, it’s all too easy for the virus to spread and turn into an outbreak. Follow the rules and help MK control COVID-19.”