Play areas in the district to re-open

Following guidance from central Government, East Cambridgeshire District Council will be re-opening its outdoor play areas on Saturday 4th July.

East Cambridgeshire District Council maintains 19 play areas throughout the district and provides a range of facilities for a variety of ages from toddlers, to juniors and youths.

The council has undertaken a thorough inspection of all play equipment under its control to ensure it is safe for use. 

East Cambridgeshire District Council will be displaying the following safety guidance by each play area:

  • Do not use the play equipment if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19
  •  Sanitise hands before and after use (where washing facilities are not available please use hand sanitiser gel)
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Facemasks are recommended where possible
  • Children should be supervised to maintain good hygiene and social distancing
  • If social distancing cannot be maintained, please wait until the equipment is free
  • Please do not consume food or drink while using the play equipment

Cllr David Brown, Chairman of East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Finance and Assets Committee said:

“Playgrounds are a valuable community asset that provide essential physical and social development opportunities for the children in our district.

“We want children to have fun on our playgrounds, but we urge parents and care givers to ensure that they do so safely, to minimise the risk of infection.  We ask that they follow the guidance provided and supervise children using the equipment.”

From Saturday, play equipment in the following areas will re-open for use:

  • Beresford Road, Ely
  • Brooke Grove, Ely
  • Collier Close, Ely
  • Goldsmith Court, Ely
  • Jubilee Gardens, Ely
  • Kingsley Walk, Ely
  • Morley Drive Toddler Play Area, Ely
  • Murfitt Close, Ely
  • Pocket Park, Ely
  • Tennyson Place, Ely
  • Fisher Bank, Littleport
  • Sandys Crescent, Littleport
  • Meadow Way, Mepal
  • Bittern Grove, Soham
  • Downfields, Soham
  • Kingfisher Drive, Soham
  • Lapwing Way, Soham
  • Teal Avenue, Soham
  • Victoria Green, Witchford

These play areas will be inspected regularly by a member of the Council’s Parks and Open Spaces Team to ensure safety levels are maintained.

Other play areas within the district not listed above could be the responsibility of the parish council or another organisation. While guidance for playgrounds is provided by central Government, please read the signs provided at each play area as additional advice relevant to that specific area may be provided.

For more information about play areas in East Cambridgeshire visit: https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/community/east-cambridgeshire-play-areas

Press release from East Cambridgeshire District Council

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