Playgrounds: phased reopenings, no date yet for Priory Park play area

Priory Park (photo by reigate.uk on a rainy day in June)

*Update: this article was correct at the time of writing (4 July): for the latest information see the council’s website*

A phased approach will see some playgrounds and outdoor gyms in Reigate & Banstead open from Friday 10 July, but no date has yet been given for the play areas in Reigate’s Priory Park or Redhill’s Memorial Park.

The Goverment has allowed councils to reopen play areas and outdoor gyms from today, Saturday 4 July, but has also issued guidance on what risks councils should assess and manage.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council said on Friday: “Our Greenspaces team is working hard behind the scenes to assess all 48 of our play areas and outdoor gyms and putting safety measures in place.

“We’ll start by opening some of our smaller play areas and are hoping to open some of our larger play areas over the coming weeks.”

Playgrounds and outdoor gyms in Reigate and Redhill reopening on Friday 10 July are:

  • Abinger Drive, Redhill
  • Battlebridge Recreation Ground, Redhill
  • Common Road Earlswood, Redhill
  • East Road, Reigate
  • Somerset Road, Redhill
  • South Park Recreation Ground, Reigate
  • Woodhatch Park, Reigate

In line with the Government guidance, the council is asking that only one parent or guardian accompanies children in playgrounds.

Social distancing guidelines will be displayed, as will the maximum capacity in the play area or piece of equipment.

Equipment where social distancing is impossible will be out of use, and existing bans on the consumption of food and drink will remain in force.

(The full list of first phase playgrounds and visitor guidelines are at the foot of this article.)

Cllr Natalie Bramhall, executive member for neighbourhood services, said: “We’re really glad to be able to see these spaces begin to reopen as we know how much they’ve been missed by children in the borough.

“To make sure we can keep playgrounds open, we need everyone to play their part and stick to these new guidelines when using the spaces.

“We know this can be difficult with little ones, but we encourage everyone to play as safely and as considerately as possible.”

The council has said that updates will be provided on its website and social media.

Playgrounds and outdoor gyms opening on Friday 10 July

Reigate & Redhill

  • Abinger Drive, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6ST
  • Battlebridge Recreation Ground, Frenches Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 2JE
  • Common Road Earlswood, Common Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6HG
  • East Road East Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 9EX
  • Somerset Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6LS
  • South Park Recreation Ground, Whitehall Lane, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8LZ
  • Woodhatch Park, Woodhatch Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7PA

Merstham

  • Brook Road Malmstone Avenue, Merstham, Surrey, RH1 3NE
  • Subrosa Drive, Merstham, Surrey, RH1 3LY

South of the borough

  • Field Bank, Horley, Surrey, RH6 9EH
  • Flint Close, Horley, Surrey, RH6 9QE
  • Peppiatt Close, Horley, Surrey, RH6 9FR
  • Whittaker Drive South, Whittaker Drive, Horley, Surrey, RH6 9TN
  • Whittaker Drive North, Whittaker Drive, Horley, Surrey, RH6 9FB

North of the borough

  • Beecholm Recreation Ground, Osier Way, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 1LL
  • Chipstead Meads High Road, Chipstead, Surrey, CR5 3SB
  • Hogden Bottom Recreation Ground, Chipstead Lane, Lower Kingswood, Surrey, KT20 6RE
  • Howards Close Recreation Ground, Howards Close, Walton on the hill, Surrey, KT20 7QF
  • Kingswood Recreation Ground (play area and fitness equipment), Buckland Road, Lower Kingswood, Surrey, KT20 7DN
  • Lakers Rise (play area and fitness equipment), Chipstead Way, Woodmansterne, Surrey, SM7 3LQ
  • Maple Way Maple Way, Hooley, Surrey, CR5 3RN
  • Preston Park (play area and fitness equipment), Preston Manor Road, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5FB
  • Tattenham Way Recreation Ground, Tattenham Way, Burgh Heath, Surrey, KT20 5NQ
  • Woodmansterne Recreation Ground, Woodmansterne Street, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 3NL

Visitor guidance from Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

The safety of all those using the facilities is our top priority so we’ll be introducing a range of new measures that all visitors will need to follow:

• If you or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please DO NOT visit any of our parks, play areas or outdoor gyms. You must self-isolate and book a test at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
• Reminders about social distancing will be displayed. Please follow these and encourage your children to do so, too. We ask that only one parent/guardian accompanies their child/children during their visit to the play area.
• New maximum capacity recommendations will be displayed at the entrance to each play area and on some pieces of equipment. Please respect these capacity recommendations. They are there for your family’s safety and for the safety of other park users.
• Some pieces of equipment will unfortunately be out of action as social distancing is simply not possible when these are in use. These will be clearly marked.
• We ask all visitors to continue regularly washing or sanitising their hands before, during, and after their visit to the playground.
• For the safety of everyone, consumption of food or drink on play equipment or in the playground area is currently prohibited.
• If you’re visiting one of our outdoor gyms, please follow the one-way system marked around the site. Please follow social distancing measures and continue with regular handwashing.