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Enjoy our playgrounds responsibly this half term

High Hazels Park in Sheffield

Playtime and sensibility aren’t exactly a match made in heaven, but that is the ask this half term as we remind families across Sheffield that our playgrounds are open but must be used responsibly.

During the pandemic parks, playgrounds and outdoor spaces have provided much needed escape and exercise for people in Sheffield. There are hundreds of parks across the city and many fantastic playgrounds.

We are pleased to have been able to keep playgrounds open during this national lockdown, to allow children to burn off energy and carry out imaginative play. But it is essential that everyone visiting our playgrounds understands and upholds the most current Government guidance and keen hygiene practice.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure, said:

“With little else to keep children occupied and entertained it’s so important that they can escape to our parks and playgrounds for play and exercise, particularly as they’ve all worked so hard to carry on learning through this current lockdown.

“Our young people need to recharge their batteries and have a break and thankfully in Sheffield there are many wonderful outdoor places for families to enjoy.

“We just need everyone to keep being sensible and play their part – stick to social distancing, don’t meet with others, clean hands regularly, wear face coverings at café takeouts or in enclosed spaces and where possible visit quieter less popular parks.

“I know it can be difficult with small children, but we have to do everything we can collectively to get ourselves in the best position as we come out of lockdown.”

Regular cleaning of equipment still takes place across the city’s playgrounds, and wardens are out and about to give advice and remind users where breaches are identified.

Bins are being emptied regularly to keep on top of high volumes of waste.

Cllr Lea added:

“My final plea is that everyone visiting our parks helps us to keep them looking lovely and clean and tidy and respect our natural environment by putting their rubbish in the bins provided or taking it home if they are full. We’re doing all we can to keep on top the increase in waste, but we really need your support too. I’d like to thank people in advance and hope families across Sheffield have a great half term break.”

People are reminded that they should stay at home other than for work, education, medical appointments, essential shopping and exercise. 

For ideas and things to do while going out for exercise take a look at our Hidden Gems article.

Sheffield General Cemetery also have some great free downloadable trails and activities that families can do at any time.

Issues in parks, woodlands and green spaces can be reported to Sheffield Parks and Countryside at or call 0114 2500 500.

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