A number of play parks reopened today after a first phase of safety inspections. This follows the Scottish Government’s announcement on Thursday 18 June, confirming that play parks could reopen from 29 June.
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 have been deemed safe to reopen today:
Teviot and Liddesdale
· Hawick – Wilton Lodge Park
· Denholm – Village Green
· Kelso – Shedden Park
· Harestanes (Visitor Centre and toilets will remain closed)
· Yetholm – at Sports Pitch
· Jedburgh – at Town Hall
· Stow Park
· Melrose – Gibson Park
· Selkirk – Pringle Park and Bannerfield
· Galashiels – Rowan Boland Public Park
· Lauder – Croft Road
· Earlston – at Primary School
· Peebles – St Ninian’s Haugh
· Innerleithen – Hall Street
· Clovenfords – at Primary School
· West Linton – Lower Green
· Chirnside – Windram Park
· Coldstream – Home Park
· Duns – Public Park
· Eyemouth – Coldingham Road and The Bantry
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 www.scotborders.gov.uk/coronavirus has been created which will provide updates on the reopening of the play parks.