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Playgrounds, skate parks and ball courts to reopen across Gedling Borough tomorrow

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Playgrounds, skate parks and ball courts are to reopen across Gedling Borough from tomorrow (July 4).

The facilities were temporarily closed in March as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, but following the latest government guidance, all sites will reopen this weekend.

Gedling Borough Council is responsible for over 40 children’s play areas, ball parks, skate parks and outdoor gym facilities across the borough, all of which will reopen on Saturday.

In preparation for reopening, the council’s Parks and Street Care Team have deep cleaned all of these locations, including sterilising equipment such as children’s play facilities, gates, benches and bins and following the reopening equipment at all appropriate locations will be cleaned on a daily basis.

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Each site has had a risk assessment carried out to ensure they are safe to reopen and new signage is also being installed at every location with clear guidance for visitors, reminding them to maintain social distancing and encouraging good hygiene before, during and after using facilities.

PICTURED: Council workers clean Arnot Hill playground before it reopens on Saturday

Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “I’m very pleased to announce that we’re reopening all of the wonderful facilities we have across the borough for our residents to enjoy. 

We know it’s been a difficult time, especially for a lot of people who have young children looking for something for to do, and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while these sites have been out of use. It hasn’t been ideal but it was something that we felt was necessary to do to help protect our residents.

Officers from our Parks and Street Care Team have worked tirelessly to make sure we had everything in place ready to reopen, ensuring that everything is safe to use.

We’ve installed signage at each site with guidance on using our facilities and by following these guidelines we can help make sure these remain open and safe for everyone to enjoy.”

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