Newbury Town Council have carried out a Risk assessment required under the COVID-19 Government Guidance for managing playgrounds and has concluded that the Council are not able, at this time, to comply with all of the requirements. In particular, the recommendation in Section 4, ‘Key principles for safely re-opening’.
This Council therefore would like to state that the 14 play parks that it is responsible for continue to be a risk for the spread of the Coronavirus by contact. We do not have the resources to reasonably mitigate some of the risks present and are recommending that play equipment that has not been sanitised and cleaned should not be used.
We will post notices at all our play areas to this effect.
"We just wanted to say a huge thank you for the amazing new City Recreation Playground. It really is wonderful seeing how many people are using it. The facilities are great and the planning that has gone into it to cater for the older children has been spot on too. What a great job. Thank you all for all your hard work."
Clinch Family (March 2021)
All ages – MUGA, climbing net with slide, rope swing, rotating net, balance beam, net bridge, stepping stones, table tennis, trampoline, swings, basket swing, multi-games unit, slide, springers (various), spring jeep, roundabout, dinosaur, play table, rope walk, seesaw, trim trail
7 – 14 age group – multi-games unit, slide, basket swing, swings, climbing rock, springers (various), goal unit
7 – 14 age group – Climbing net and tubular structure with spinner, basket swing, swings, slide, fitness equipment
City Recreation Ground
All ages – multi-games unit, seesaw, springers (various), swings
All ages – multi-games units with slide, climbing frame, free standing slide, mushroom seats, basket swing, swings, balance beam, gyro spiral, roundabout, seesaw, gullwing rocker
All ages – single MUGA, multi-games unit and climbing net, train
All ages – multi-play unit, rocking log, an embankment slide, stepping stones, rotating platform, springers (various), swings
All ages – fitness equipment, single MUGA, basket swing, climbing rocks with connecting net, swings, multi-games unit, climbing frame, springers (various)
All ages – cable runway wire, fitness equipment, balance boards, multi-play units, rotating net, springer, climbing net, dizzy disc rotator, basket swing, swings, train, stepping stones, swinging logs, rocker, BMX track
All ages – embankment slide, stepping stones, talk tubes, trampoline, dish roundabout, springers (various), swings
All ages – Single MUGA ball games area
St Georges Avenue
All ages – embankment slide, open space with goals at either end
Victoria Park (Play Area)
All ages – multi-games unit, springers (various), basket swings, sandpit, dish roundabout, DDA roundabout, rotator, caterpillar, swings, seesaw, timber stepping stones mega climbing tower with large tube slides, cable runway
Victoria Park (Skate Park)
Concrete skatepark, steel half pipe
Victoria Park (Splash Park)
Water play area, overhead buckets, umbrella, streams from the floor
All ages – multi-play unit, balance beam, cone climber, stepping stones, climbers, free-standing slide, leapfrog, space climbing net, roundabout, spinner, springers (various), swings, basket swing