Spurrier’s Play Park is open! Enjoy, but please follow guidance

7 July, 2020

We are delighted to have been able to open Spurrier’s Play Park on the 4th July!

New signs at entrances will advise visitors on social distancing measures and guidelines. We encourage visitors to “Think Twice” – if the play park is busy, come back later. Please consider limiting the length of your visit so that more children are able to use the facilities.

The main risk of infection is person-to-person contact and touch points in the play area while it is in use.

Please take hand sanitiser with you. Encourage children to use it regularly, and to wash their hands before arriving and when they return home.

BCP Council continues to monitor infection rates with Public Health England. Public playgrounds may need to be closed again should there be concerns about infection risks.

Up-to-date news on any changes to guidance can be found at www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/News/News-Features/COVID19/Changes-to-Services/Services/Playgrounds-and-play-areas.aspx

Elsewhere in the park …

The Walled Garden, Borders and Path of Life have been re-opened; there’s a signed one-way system in place with entry via the gates nearest the Tea Room and Courtyard. You will exit into the stable yard or gates nearest the back lawn of Upton House.

Please adhere to signage around the Park which follows the wider BCP Council approach to ‘keep left’ and to ‘keep your distance’ from visitors outside your household and bubble.

A reminder of some of the other measures we have implemented for visitor safety:
  • The Council has taken the decision not to permit outdoor events on council public open space until the end of August
  • We have introduced a one way system and markers for social distance queuing at our toilets in the main Car Park
  • We are accepting Card payments only – we’re now cashless across the whole Estate.
  • A new ‘Pod in the Park’ mobile catering area can be found near the Tea Rooms, offering simple refreshments between 11am – 4pm each day (weather conditions may lead to early closure)
  • We have introduced a one way system for the shoreline boardwalk
  • Cyclists must dismount in the ‘Heart of Upton’ where we continue to landscape the area around the Tea Room and Education Centre
  • We have opened up some of the new meadows near the shoreline to allow more space to explore (the last section will open later in the year)
  • We have moved benches across the back lawn which were previously alongside pathways, to allow for social distancing
  • Car Park season tickets are now re-available; an annual pass costs just £40 a year (full details here)
The following facilities remain closed for now:
  • Tea Rooms and Gallery
  • Toilet facilities in the Courtyard
  • The Splash Fountain
  • Upton House remains closed until at least 1st September
Please act responsibly:

Sadly we are experiencing more anti-social behaviour than normal, and wish to stress

  • No BBQ’s, No Gas Stoves, No Gazebos
  • Please pick up dog waste and take home with you if bins are full
  • Do not exceed 5mph on bikes and dismount in the formal gardens and around the Tea Rooms
  • Please take your litter home with you if bins are full

As the Park gradually re-opens we ask you to be patient with team members – it is particularly important at the Pod in the Park which has a one way queue, please follow signage and where possible limit to one person per household to pay for refreshments.

Further updates will be provided here and on our Facebook page. We thank you for your understanding

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