COVID-19: Changes in Parks
At this unprecedented time that we currently find ourselves in, the Council has taken a number of measures to encourage social distancing within our parks, to stop the spread of COVID-19, and to enable public access of parks to continue.
Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and council managed sports courts remain closed; dogs are required to be on leads at all times, and large gatherings are not allowed. You can find more details on our Using Parks Responsibly page.
After being closed at the height of the pandemic, some cafés within parks are now re-opening for take away refreshments only. Please lookout for localised details including opening times, publicised at individual park cafés.
When using the facilities, follow all the guidelines for safe usage such as hand-washing/sanitising, staying 2 metres away from others etc. And please dispose of any waste within the bins provided, or if they are full, take your litter home with you and dispose of it there.
We are currently unable to ensure social distancing measures can be implemented within any of the public toilets located in the borough’s parks. Therefore, have to keep them closed for the time being. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Please remember that it is not only illegal to use any open space as a toilet, but it is also a health hazard and makes the parks unpleasant to use.
With Finsbury Park being the most used park in the borough, we have had to implement some specific precautions to protect your health.
Oxford Road Gate and New River Gate: These are closed for the time being. The narrow footpaths make it impossible to pass others at a safe 2m distance. Please use alternative entrances on Seven Sisters Road, Endymion Road or Green Lanes.
Endymion Road: A temporary gate into the Park has been created to allow access from Endymion Road. This is located near to the mini-roundabout, opposite Wightman Road.
Car Parking: To support social distancing measures and to facilitate the increased usage of parks, all unnecessary car parking within Finsbury Park has been stopped for the foreseeable future.
Please ensure that if you are providing any kind of organised fitness training within a park or open space, you must inform the Council in advance. This is to ensure that the activities delivered on Council land are safe and effective. Coaches and Trainers are able to purchase our Outdoor Physical Activity Delivery Permit which enables providers to conduct commercial sessions in the parks.
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Most of these arrangements implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic are reviewed on a regular basis.
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Use Parks Responsibly
Please be responsible for your own, and others' safety when using our parks:
- Don’t go out if you feel unwell
- Keep your dog on a lead
- Stay 2m from other people
- Ballcourts are now open – please follow guidance when using them
- Playgrounds and outdoor gyms will all reopen by the end of July
- Use hand sanitiser and wash your hands when you get home