Children’s play areas and playgrounds in the city are beginning to reopen.

The reopening programme is being done gradually to ensure they meet the requirements set out in government guidelines around cleaning and social distancing before they can be re-opened safely. There are more than 200 play areas and outdoor gyms across Leeds with over 2,000 pieces of equipment. It will therefore take time to re-open all of our play areas and playgrounds, and we would like to thank you for your patience.

The following parks will be reopened on Thursday 16 July:

  • The playground at the Arium
  • The playground and adventure playground at Lotherton Hall
  • The playground at Middleton Park
  • The two playgrounds at Roundhay Park along with outdoor gym equipment
  • The playground at Temple Newsam

Signage will be installed on the sites to remind users regarding social distancing, hygiene, not eating food or drink and limiting numbers including on relevant pieces of equipment.  If the playground or equipment is busy then people are asked to be patient to enable social distancing. The playgrounds and equipment will not be supervised, and will rely on people acting responsibly. Please be aware that in some cases it will be necessary for example to remove some swing seats to ensure social distancing is maintained.

The council will continue to monitor government guidance and consideration will be given to re-opening further playgrounds once all appropriate work and checks have been carried out. For the time being all other playgrounds and play areas will remain closed, and we ask people to please refrain from using them.



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