Sheffield Council 'reviewing options' on reopening park facilities

Sheffield Council have said they are “reviewing options” on reopening facilities such as playgrounds, public toilets and car parks in green spaces.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 10:07 am
Updated Friday, 15th May 2020, 1:08 pm

All public parks and green spaces in Sheffield have remained open throughout the coronavirus lockdown but facilities including playgrounds, sports courts, pavilions, toilets and car parks were closed.

A spokesperson for the Council said they are now considering reopening some facilities when and where it is safe to do so.

They told The Star: “We are currently reviewing options on reopening limited facilities following Government advice.

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Park facilities in Sheffield could soon reopen.

“We may reopen some but only where the risks can be avoided.”

For now, however, all those facilities which were closed to the public at the start of lockdown remain shut.

One popular visitor attraction for walkers in Sheffield remains closed, however. The private grounds of the Kenwood Hall Hotel in Nether Edge will not reopen for now, it has been confirmed.

Dan Wilson, regional general manager at the Mecure Kenwood Hall Hotel & Spa said: "There have been a number of incidents that have occurred over the last few weeks here on the hotel grounds and the attraction of unwanted visitors. For the safety and welfare of my team that I have here on site and also the hotel and its grounds, I felt that I had no alternative option than to restrict total access, monitored by key access only.

“I am currently reviewing this policy weekly and will give any updates as and when."