Reopening public play areas
We are starting a phased reopening of our play areas from 11 July 2020.
Working with Balfour Beatty Living Places we have inspected and risk assessed all council parks prior to the phased reopening. Measures to make the sites Covid-19 secure include distance markings, cleansing and signage to give advice about how to reduce the chance of coronavirus transmission.
The following Herefordshire Council play maintained areas will reopen from 11 July:
Aylestone Park, Hereford
Beaumont Gardens, Hereford
Gorsty Lane, Hereford
King George V Field, and King George Playing Field, Hereford
Luard Walk, Hereford
Moor Park, Moor Farm
Wellington Place, Tupsley
Westfaling Street, Hereford
All remaining council play areas will be reopened by 18 July.
Many children will use the playground equipment so when using the play areas please:
Bring hand sanitiser or wipes and help children to follow good hygiene measures
Clean equipment touchpoints before playing with anti-bacterial wipes
Wash or sanitise hands before and after using the equipment
Avoiding eating when using the play equipment
Keep 2 metres apart from other children and families (not in your bubble) where possible
Please take all litter home
Check locally for details about parks and playgrounds maintained by town and parish councils and housing associations.
Restrictions and guidance when using parks, countryside and open spaces during Covid-19
In accordance with latest government guidance on staying away from others, please keep to the following when accessing the countryside or public open spaces.
You can meet in groups of:
Up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household), indoors or outdoors
Up to six people from different households, outdoors
You should ensure you are 2 metres (3 steps apart) apart from anyone outside of your household or at least one metre with precautions such as wearing a face mask
You can travel any distance to get to the countryside but do not travel to different parts of the UK if the rules in that country do not allow you to
Follow the Countryside Code
Take hand sanitiser with you in case there are no handwashing facilities
Ensure you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you return home
For more information see the full
Government guidance on accessing green spaces.
Parks, play areas and open spaces
Herefordshire Council manages a wide range of public open spaces across the county from small village recreation grounds to larger formal parks in Hereford City and the county towns.
These public open spaces offer you and your family a place to retreat from the hustle-bustle of town life and provide a safe haven in which you can enjoy various leisure pursuits or simply relax and take some fresh air.
There are also lots of exciting
children's play areas to visit and explore - suitable for different ages and various sports pitches available for hire.
All play areas undergo regular safety checks to ensure they are not damaged by vandalism or natural wear and tear and continue to meet health and safety requirements.
All equipment in these play areas complies with British Safety Standards and new play areas we install now also comply with the European Safety Guidelines and the Disability Discrimination Act. The council's play areas are maintained by our contractor.
The council also provides an annual independent playground inspection which is undertaken by a qualified member of the
Register of Playground Inspectors International . (RPII) To make sure everyone can enjoy these spaces, please remember:
Please take all litter home or use the bins where provided
Please clean up after your dog at all sites, even where bins are not provided
The driving of motor vehicles is prohibited
Camping is prohibited
Lighting of fires is prohibited
Report a problem with a play area
If you have an enquiry about a play area or wish to report a problem please use our online
contact us form.
The council is responsible for the strategic management of the parks and the on-site management of the parks and associated sites is undertaken by our public realm contractor.
When using our parks, play areas and open spaces, please be mindful of others and their enjoyment of the space too.