What you can and can’t do in Watford’s parks and green spaces during lockdown
With changes to COVID-19 restrictions, Watford Borough Council are clarifying what’s open and what’s not in its parks and green spaces, including the closure of skate parks and outdoor gyms.
All of the town’s parks and green spaces, playgrounds, allotments and cemeteries – continue to remain open to the public, provided people keep to social distancing measures. Park cafés are operating on a takeaway service only and have restrictions in place, so please prepare in advance.
However, in line with other skate parks across England, Derby Road, Garston Park and Oxhey Activity Park skating facilities are closed due to the risk of transmission. For that same reason, all multi-games areas, tennis and basketball courts, as well as outdoor gyms remain closed. Veolia have therefore taped off and locked certain facilities, as well as adding signage. Park Rangers will be patrolling to ensure they remain out of use until restrictions are lifted.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said “These closures are disappointing but we must all pull together as a community and follow the Government guidance. We are working closely with Skateboard England and LTA Tennis to monitor the situation regarding the facilities and to ensure that the sports community are fully informed of the closures and the reasons behind it.”
For the latest advice, please visit www.watford.gov.uk/coronavirus, skateboard-england.org and lta.org.uk.