Having initially remained closed, the council say they're now confident that appropriate safety measures can be put in place to allow play areas to open.
Shropshire Council is responsible for managing 52 play areas across the county.
Play areas managed by Shropshire Council that are now open, are:
- Unicorn Park, Oswestry.
- Broadlands Way, Oswestry.
- Holly Green, Oswestry.
- Wilfred Owen Green, Oswestry.
- Trefonen Play Area
- Doctors Meadow Play Area in Ruyton XI Towns
- Arundel Close Play Area in Ruyton XI Towns
- Marches Meadow Play Area in Ruyton XI Towns
- Newington Way, Craven Arms
- Fishmore View, Ludlow
- Tollgate Road, Ludlow
- Abney Avenue, Albrighton
Play areas will continue to be safely reopened and more information will be provided.
The council are strongly advise parents and responsible adults to wipe down contact points before use to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said: “Play areas across Shropshire have been closed for nearly four months but, unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as just unlocking them. A lot of work has to be done to ensure they can be opened safely, and mandatory risk assessments have to be completed and approved.
“Now this is done, we are pleased to be able to begin safely opening them again for children and families to enjoy and burn off some energy.
“Although play areas are beginning to reopen, please act responsibly and be mindful that the virus can survive on hard surfaces, so you will be using the equipment at your own risk.
“While services, sites and facilities continue to reopen, coronavirus is still here, so please stay safe and help us to reduce the spread of the virus.”