Most of the children's playgrounds in parks across Hertsmere will reopen from tomorrow (Saturday 4 July).
All will be re-opened with signage about social distancing and hygiene measures, apart from three where further operational work needs to be undertaken to make the sites safe following incidents of vandalism. .
Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfoliio Holder for Environment, said: “I’m absolutely delighted we can welcome families back to our playgrounds.
"We want Hertsmere’s children back in our much-loved playgrounds and finally allow them to burn off some of the energy after all that time indoors. I know how eager many residents are to use our popular outdoor gyms as well.
“Unfortunately, the actions of a few people who removed signs, broke into playgrounds, littered and, in some cases, caused deliberate damage to play equipment, have meant we are delayed in reopening three of our playgrounds.
"We are working hard to ensure that we can open these remaining playgrounds safely and as soon as possible. We will keep residents updated through our website and social media channels.”
The three play areas that cannot open are Composers Park in Elstree and Brook Meadow and Meadow Park in Borehamwood where incidents of vandalism have left the sites unsafe to open at this time. In the other parks there may be some pieces of equipment that cannot be used for safety reasons.
Hertsmere is advising visitors to the play areas to:
• Follow the current social distance guidelines when visiting and encourage your children to do the same.
• If the playground is busy, consider coming back at a later time. Talk to your children about this possibility before visiting.
• Wash yours and your children’s hands before and after visiting. Take hand sanitiser with you and consider taking a bottle of water for if your children’s hands get covered in mud. Ensure your children are using hand sanitiser frequently.
• Follow and adhere to all current government advice in addition to the above guidance.
Cllr Quilty added: “There has been a tremendous amount of work carried out by our parks officers and contractors to enable our parks and outdoor gyms to reopen, so I’d like to thank them for their efforts.”
To find out more about our play areas visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk/playareas
Posted on Friday 3rd July 2020