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Toilets reopen in Sheffield’s busiest parks

Outside of public toilets in parks

*Updated 18 August 2020*

Toilets are now open at:

  • Graves Park, Rose Garden Café Building
  • Millhouses Park
  • Endcliffe Park
  • Forge Dam
  • Rivelin Valley
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Hillsborough Park, pavilion
  • Norfolk Park, Centre in the Park
  • Firth Park, bowling pavilion
All are open 9am to 5pm, 7 days per week. An attendant will manage entry during opening hours and cleaning of touch points will take place throughout the day. Hand washing facilities with soap is available in all toilet areas.

See full story below for safety measures information.

We are reopening a small number of toilets, across some of the city’s busiest parks, from Monday 13 July.

Toilets, along with all other parks facilities have been closed since March when the Government first imposed lockdown restrictions. Following further easing of the restrictions, the council’s parks and countryside service has been working through the challenges to enable the safe reopening of toilets.

After completing safety inspections and cleaning, the council is reopening the toilets in 3 locations, with the intention to increase this to 6 locations in the following days.

Initially, from today, toilets will only be open at Graves Park Rose Garden Café Building, Millhouses Park and Endcliffe Park. They will be open between 9am to 5pm, 7 days per week.

An attendant will manage entry during opening hours and cleaning of touch points will take place throughout the day. Hand washing facilities with soap will be available in all toilet areas.

It is planned that toilets will also be reopened at Forge Dam, Rivelin Valley and the Botanical Gardens, once full safety and hygiene measures are in place for each site.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said:

“I know it will be welcome news that toilets are reopening in some of our most popular parks, a decision that we have considered very carefully.

“To enable reopening we have restricted the times that people can use the toilets and will have an attendant present to manage entry and keep touch points clean.

“This means we cannot reopen all toilets at this stage, while we ensure these measures are manageable. I know this may be frustrating for parks visitors, but we are not willing to compromise on staff and public safety. We will open more toilets as soon as we possibly can.

“Our green spaces have given us all space to relax and socialise over the last few months, and this change will help to protect our natural environment, while allowing people to enjoy a longer day out in our wonderful parks.”

The terms of use and recommendations are:

·       Check with attendant before entering toilets

·       Do not take food and drink in to the toilets area

·       Wash hands, according to public health guidelines, after using toilets

·       Wherever possible bring your own hand sanitiser and use frequently

·       Talk to children about how to practice good hand hygiene

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health in Sheffield, said:

“We have taken time to properly assess how to reopen toilets in parks as they present high risks in terms of contact. To reduce the risk of infection everyone must be responsible when using the facilities.

“If possible sanitise before entry and be sure to wash your hands properly afterwards. Good hygiene practice is paramount for keeping yourself safe and protecting others. Hand hygiene is a crucial step in preventing the transmission of the virus.

"Most importantly, if you are poorly and think you have symptoms, however mild, please stay at home. This will help stop the spread.”

We are working hard to reopen more toilets, as well as other facilities including playgrounds as soon as possible, and will provide updates as and when changes take place.

Please report any issues within Sheffield’s parks at parksandcountryside@sheffield.gov.uk or call 0114 2500 500. Follow on social media @parkssheffield