Play areas (including skatepark and outdoor gym) to reopen

The play areas in Potton (including the skatepark and outdoor gym in Henry Smith Playing Fields and Mill Lane Recreation Ground) have been closed for some time now, in line with the Government’s coronavirus guidance.  The Government has now announced that outdoor play areas can reopen from 4th July 2020 ‘where safe to do so’.

When lock down began, the play areas were closed, with grass deliberately left uncut to discourage use.  Sites were locked via a combination of cable ties and padlocks, as well as signage.   Our grass cutting contractor, CGM has cut the grass in play area, skatepark and outdoor gym in preparation, however this doesn’t mean sites are open once cut.  They will remain closed until the 4th July 2020.

The town council would like a to say a big thank you to all the children in the town who have been abiding by the rules put in place to keep everyone safe by not using our playgrounds (including the skatepark) for the past few months.    Thank you also to the adults in the town who have been abiding by the same rules by not using the skatepark and outdoor gym.   We know this has been hard and I am sure you are pleased to hear they will be re-opening on 4th July 2020.    Thank you also goes to the parents and families who have had to manage energy levels of children over the past 3 months.

Formal safety inspections have been carried so that we can confidently remove locks, cable ties and signage at the appropriate time.

We will be adding new signage, and we would ask all parents, carers and adults to please read and take note of these signs.  Please use hand sanitisers before and after using the play equipment, outdoor gym and skatepark to keep everybody safe so that the area can be enjoyed by all.  Should anyone be showing symptoms, please do not use the play area, skatepark or outdoor gym and follow Government guidance for self-isolating and reporting procedures.  Social distancing of course remains in place, which we understand can be hard with little ones, but let’s all just try to enjoy the facilities and stay safe.  We hope you all have a great time playing!

There will be changes to the play areas and how they are used. Please:

  • limit your time using the facility to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to use it safely
  • monitor and take responsibility for your children at all times
  • do not overcrowd play equipment, outdoor gym or skatepark
  • consider taking wipes to clean/sanitise equipment and touch points
  • take your litter home with you or use the bins provided
  • avoid eating and drinking in play area, skatepark and outdoor gym