Playgrounds and Play Areas

Public Notice - playgrounds, play areas and public toilets will remain open throughout the lockdown period.

The latest Government guidance during the lockdown period allows for people to visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside).

Playgrounds and Outdoor Gyms

Across Hull we have a wide variety of playgrounds and play areas in our parks, recreation grounds and green spaces.

If you want to find your local playground and also what equipment it contains please view the documents at the side, they contain locations of all of the playgrounds plus equipment.

Important information for using the playgrounds

Our aim is to ensure that you are able to enjoy using our playgrounds in a safe manner, with this in mind our playground areas have new guidance in place to ensure that people can maintain social distancing and use the playgrounds and outdoor gyms safely.

All of our playgrounds will have signs advising what the maximum capacity is on play equipment as well as in the playground space itself so that is clear what the limits are to maintain social distancing. Please ensure that you adhere to the rules on maximum capacity for your safety and the safety of other users.

In addition all of our playgrounds will have signs to provide guidance for how to use our playground areas in a safe manner (see the example at the bottom of the page).

For your safety and the safety of others, please follow the guidance below:

  • Maintain social distancing from others unless you are from the same household.
  • Ensure whilst waiting for equipment you must wait at a safe distance or return later on.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser regularly and ideally before and after using equipment.
  • Refrain from touching your face or mouth after using equipment.
  • During busy periods please consider others and limit play times to 30 minutes or try to avoid busy times.
  • No food and drink are allowed in the play areas. Please take your litter home with you.

The Benefits of Play and Playgrounds

Play is an essential part of every child’s life and is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

Research shows that play has many benefits for children, families and the wider community, as well as improving health and quality of life. Recent research suggests that children’s access to good play provision can:

  • Increase their self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-respect
  • Improve and maintain their physical and mental health
  • Give them the opportunity to mix with other children
  • Allow them to increase their confidence through developing new skills
  • Promote their imagination, independence and creativity
  • Offer opportunities for children of all abilities and backgrounds to play together
  • Provide opportunities for developing social skills and learning
  • Build resilience through risk taking, problem solving, and dealing with new situations
  • Provide opportunities to learn about their environment and the wider community.

Evidence is also available that outlines wider benefits of play provision for families and communities, suggesting that:

  • Parents can feel more secure knowing that their children are happy, safe and enjoying themselves
  • Families benefit from healthier, happier children
  • Buildings and facilities used by play services are frequently seen as a focal point for communities
  • It offers opportunities for social interaction for the wider community
  • It supports the development of a greater sense of community spirit, promoting social cohesion
  • Public outside spaces have an important social role as a place for meeting friends
  • Parks and other green spaces are popular with adults taking young children out to play

Reopening Updates

Playgrounds which are reopened:

We have now reopened ALL of our playground and play areas with the exception of the following:

  • Hamilton Grove
  • Lambwath Fields 
  • The Greenway

Public Toilets

Public toilets within our parks will remain open during this period between the hours of 10am to 3pm.

playground guidance