Not all play parks in Berwickshire are reopening today

Scottish Government restrictions on the use of play parks have been lifted from today (Monday, June 29) – but that doesn’t mean they are all open.

By Kevin McRoberts
Monday, 29th June 2020, 9:44 am
A number of play parks in Berwickshire are reopening from today.
A number of play parks in Berwickshire are reopening from today.

A number of play parks in Berwickshire are reopening today after a first phase of safety inspections.

Play parks across the Scottish Borders were closed on March 23 in line with Scottish Government’s Coronavirus guidance.

The Scottish Government’s announcement on Thursday, June 18, confirmed that play parks could reopen from 29 June.

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Safety inspections commenced last week, but with 243 play parks in the Borders this is a significant task, with necessary grasscutting and equipment cleansing also required before a play park can safely reopen to the public.

A phased approach has been adopted to complete the necessary work to open each play park, which means not all facilities can reopen this week.

After the first phase of safety inspections, the following play parks in Berwickshire have been deemed safe to reopen today:

• Chirnside - Windram Park

• Coldstream – Home Park

• Duns – Public Park

• Eyemouth - Coldingham Road and The Bantry

• Greenlaw

Tracey Logan, SBC’s Chief Executive, said: “We all welcome the relaxing of a number of restrictions, including the reopening of play parks from today.

“Our priority remains the safety of the public and therefore we have decided to reopen our play parks on a phased basis to make sure we are fully satisfied they are safe to use.

“We have prioritised our new, large destination play parks which offer modern facilities and more opportunity to social distance.

“Signage will be in place at reopened play parks to remind groups about social distancing and hygiene guidance and further information will follow on the next phase of inspections.”

A dedicated webpage on the Scottish Borders Council website has been created which will provide updates on the reopening of the play parks.