20 July 2020: The following play areas are now open to the public; Jubilee Lake, Woodshaw, Showfield, Poetsfield and Otter Way. The grounds team are working on opening New Road toddler play park so please DO NOT USE until it is safe to do so and we will post here and on facebook when it is open We would strongly urge visitors to the play parks to read and adhere to rules posted to ensure everyones safety.
08 July 2020 – Recent government announcement to open play areas from Saturday 4th July 2020 has left insufficient time for the Town Council to open safely all of the Town Council owned children’s play areas at once. The decision taken is to stagger the re-opening of the play areas, with Showfield and Poetsfield chosen as the first two, they opened on Tuesday 7th July 2020. Please be aware of the changes that have had to be made due to Covid-19, on notices attached to the play areas gates/railings.
The 4 remaining parks will then have a staggered re-opening, 2 next week (w/c 13th July) and the last 2 the week after (w/c 20th July). The grounds team must keep up the ROSPA checks on the play areas for everyone’s safety and presently we do not have to staff to do this due to illness. I am sure you would agree that this is the best option. Please bear with us and enjoy Poets Field and Showfield parks. If we can re-open the other parks any sooner then we will. The re-opening dates will be posted on our social media, so please check regularly.
Please note that the play equipment at Old Court play area has been updated, please click for more information.
10 June 2020 – Accessing green space and exercise; the Government updated its guidance on accessing green spaces and undertaking exercise safely. In England, people can now leave their home to exercise and spend time outdoors for recreation with their household or in groups of up to six people from outside their household. To stay safe, the public must:
- take hygiene precautions when they are outside
- wash their hands as soon as they are back indoors
- keep at least two metres apart from anyone outside their household at all times
- take hand sanitiser with them when they set off in case there are no handwashing facilities
The guidance (available here) includes an updated list of what the public can now do, as well as a reminder to respect other people and protect the natural environment. Further guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England was also published (available here).
The Cabinet Office’s FAQ document on what the public can and cannot do, and the guidance on staying alert and safe has been updated accordingly.
The grounds maintenance team are back at work, we kindly ask residents to respect staff whilst they work in the park and observe social distancing.
We thank all for your support during these unprecedented times. Stay safe.
Royal Wootton Bassett has 7 children’s play parks which are owned and maintained by the Town Council. All parks differ in the type of equipment they offer to suit various age ranges. The town’s junior schools were involved in the design for the signs for the play areas and even the choice of equipment for some of our parks. Most play parks have CCTV coverage.
We are pleased to announce that we are beginning to install accessible play equipment, starting with Old Court Toddler Park and Otter Way Play Park. We hope that they are enjoyed and greatly used.
Every year the play parks are inspected by ROSPA to ensure the parks are safe and maintained to the highest standard. Our grounds team visit the play parks twice a week to inspect the equipment and more so during busy periods, particularly during the summertime and school holidays.
Litter, unfortunately and in particular during the busy summer periods, seems to be coming a more challenging problem and we would encourage users of the park to use the litter bins provided. Dogs are welcome at the parks, however please ensure they do not enter the gated areas for children safety. Please ensure all fouling is picked up and disposed off correctly. Dog poo can be put into the litter bins.