Coronavirus (COVID-19): information about parks and open spaces

Our parks and green spaces are staying open so you can relax and get some fresh air. Please follow the government’s social distancing guidance by keeping two metres apart from other people.

As the government begins to ease the lockdown, some park facilities are now open. Users are responsible for their own hygiene and should wash their hands before and after using park facilities, and be alert to avoid any touch points (e.g. hand rails and gates) where possible. This list is being reviewed and may change at short notice.

Reopening of play areas and playgrounds

  • Playgrounds will begin to be reopened in a phased approach from Monday 6 July 2020, following new government guidance.
  • There are more than 80 play areas across the borough and the reopening of these facilities needs to be undertaken safely. The phased reopening will therefore take approximately three to four weeks because each play area need to undergo a deep clean before they can be reopened.
  • Deep cleaning of the play areas will be done first in the parks with high use play equipment in a selection of parks across the borough as listed below. This is to ensure that each area of the borough has access to play equipment at a nearby park
    • North Area – Hullard Park and Longford Park,    
    • West Area – Davyhulme Park and Flixton Park,
    • South Area – Stamford Park and John Leigh Park,
    • Central Area – Worthington Park and Walton Park.
  • Deep cleaning will be undertaken in the evening / night time when usage of the adjoining park is low.
  • During the following 2-3 weeks, the remaining parks will be systematically deep cleaned and opened on an area by area basis, starting in North Area and finishing in Central Area.
  • The play areas that have been cleaned will have a sign indicating that the park has been cleaned and is open for use. Those parks that do not have a sign to indicate it has been cleaned will still be closed and should not be used in the interim period.
  • Following this deep clean, the play areas will be cleaned as required during subsequent safety inspections on regular touch points. This is in line with government guidance.
  • The hygienic use of the play equipment in between any cleansing will be the responsibility of the users and it is recommended that any users follow the government guidelines on safe hygiene. This includes washing hands before and after a visit, bringing and using hand sanitiser or wipes for personal use, refraining from touching your face, and bagging and binning any tissues.
  • Social distancing while in the park and the play area is still required. Therefore, if an area looks busy please consider not using the play area to avoid overcrowding.
  • Litter picking and emptying of litter bins will continue to be done on a regular basis but if there is an overflowing bin, please also be responsible and take your litter home or place in another nearby empty bin. If you see a full litter bin, please report it at, or contact us on 03330 035865.

Park facilities which are open

  • Play areas and playgrounds (from Monday 6 July)
  • Multi-use game areas (MUGAs)
  • Car park at Sale Water Park
  • Bowling greens can be used, but bowling pavilions remain closed
  • Tennis courts
  • Pitch and Putt at Woodhey’s Park – To minimise the spread of coronavirus, the Pitch and Putt will remain unmanned. This means the facility will temporarily be free of charge. Residents wishing to play, will need to bring all of their own equipment (golf clubs, golf balls etc.)

Park facilities which remain closed

To help you and your family stay safe, some park facilities remain closed until further notice. Please understand this decision is necessary to help encourage social distancing, protect the vulnerable and minimise the spread of coronavirus.

  • All bowling pavilions remain closed as well as pets corners
  • All climbing walls
  • Public toilets

Where these facilities are gated, these will be locked and should not be used.

Please follow this advice

  • Only use the park facilities which are open, including the multi-use games areas and bowling greens.
  • Sanitation and cleaning of touch points in parks is being reviewed to help minimise the spread of coronavirus. Where possible, avoid touching fixed objects such as hand rails and gates
    • You should continue to take simple steps such as washing your hands regularly. It is important at this time for us all to follow good hygiene practices by washing our hands with soap and water often - use hand sanitiser gel or wet wipes if soap and water are not available
  • We will try and cut the grass but it may not always be possible. Do not contact us about the length of the grass in parks
  • Continue to use the litter bins. We are still emptying them as normal. If you see a full litter bin, please report it, or contact us on 03330 035865
We encourage everyone to follow government guidance on minimising mass gatherings or events and ask that you follow these in our parks and green spaces. If visiting a park with friends or family, please remember that groups of no more than two people are allowed unless you are from the same household, and you should keep two meters apart from each other. This guidance is under review and may change following the latest government advice.