Council owned playgrounds will start to reopen to the public in a phased approach from Saturday 18 July, with eight playgrounds reopening across the borough in the first phase.
Sites that will reopen this weekend include Ashton Park, Birkenhead Park, Central Park, Meols Park, Mersey Park, New Ferry Park, Torr Park and Vale Park.
The remaining play areas will then reopen gradually on a weekly basis to ensure that required safety works have been completed. The next sites will be reopened on 25 July and 1 August, with all sites to be reopened in August.
Whilst the play areas will begin to reopen, there is guidance in place and a number of precautions that any visitors to these areas should follow to keep as safe as possible:
- Play two metres away from other households or bubbles
- Always clean equipment before use
- Sanitise your hands before and after use
- Supervise children to maintain hygiene and social distancing
- Only one parent or guardian with children inside the play area
- One household or bubble for each item of play equipment
- Our suggested maximum play time is 30 minutes
- If the play area is busy visit another time
- No eating or drinking within play areas
- Dispose of all litter in the bins provided and if full, take your litter home with you
Visitors should not use the equipment if you or anyone in your household or bubble has coronavirus or is showing COVID-19 symptoms or if you have been told to self-isolate by NHS test and trace.
Cllr Julie McManus, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Wirral Council, said: “I know how keen some parents and children have been to revisit their local play areas and I would like to thank you for your patience at this time as it has been of the upmost importance to ensure that these areas have been through the necessary safety checks before we reopen them.
“Whilst I am pleased that the council are in a position to gradually reopen these sites, it is essential that if you are visiting play areas, to take the necessary precautions.
“Playgrounds are an important community asset and it is vital that social distancing is followed and that any visitors use hand sanitiser as well as maintain general hygiene by sanitising hands and wiping down any equipment. These steps will help protect you and your family as well as other visitors to the playgrounds and ensure that these areas can safely remain open.”
The council owns over sixty playgrounds and the phased reopening is essential to make sure that the legally required safety inspections, which were suspended during lockdown, are carried out so play areas can reopen safely to children and residents.
The phased approach will also enable staff to carry out play equipment inspections and maintenance as well as general grounds maintenance operations such as grass cutting that are required.
Work is still ongoing to reopen outdoor gyms and wheel parks, more information will be available soon.