Play Area and Outdoor Gym Equipment Guidance

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02 July 2020


In accordance with Government guidelines, we are reopening the play areas and outdoor gym equipment we manage across the parks from 4th July with new restrictions and guidance in place.

There will be temporary posters added around all our play areas and outdoor gym equipment from Saturday 4th July whilst we create more permanent signage to make all the restrictions as clear as possible to visitors. Please ensure both yourself and any children in your care are abiding by the below guidance to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus. 

The restrictions and guidance are:

  • All play areas and outdoor equipment should be used at your own risk. Please supervise children and others in your care.
  • Research has found that Coronavirus can survive for several days on hard surfaces. However the risk is generally reduced (but not removed) as surfaces are exposed to UV light & rain.
  • Follow the government’s social distancing guidelines and do not use the equipment if this cannot be maintained. In particular be aware of pieces of equipment where others may also be using them.
  • Please remember to bring your own hand sanitiser with you and to sanitise your hands before and after using the equipment. Pay particular attention to ensure children remember to do this.
  • Remember not to touch your face and to cough and sneeze into a tissue or arm.
  • Refrain from consumption of food or drink on equipment or in playground areas.
  • As always, remember to dispose of all litter, including any protective wear and take your litter home if no bin provided.
  • If you or anyone in your household are showing any symptoms of Coronavirus, please do not use the equipment and follow the Government's advice to self-isolate.

Please note not all play areas and outdoor gym equipment in Milton Keynes’ parkland are owned by The Parks Trust, there are many pieces of equipment owned by Milton Keynes Council. We own and manage equipment in the following areas:

  • Willen Lake
  • Brooklands
  • Broughton
  • Monkston Park
  • Howe Park Wood
  • Kingsmead Hayton Way
  • Oxley Park
  • Stanton Low
  • Lodge Lake
  • Emerson Valley
  • Fairfields

Thank you for your cooperation in adhering to these guidelines. If you have any questions please email info@theparkstrust.com.



Discover our parks

  • Willen Lake South

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    Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park. Visitors take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. It’s a great place to entertain all ages of family and friends, whether it’s a visit to the café or restaurant, a stroll, trying a beginners’ course in sailing or hiring a pedalo or bike.

    Refreshments
    The one4six café and The Lakeside Pub operated by Fayre and Square.

  • Stanton Low Park

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    Stanton Low Park lies to the north of Milton Keynes and offers attractive views across the valley of the River Great Ouse. It is one of Milton Keynes’ more recently-created parks (officially opened in 2016) and lies between the Oakridge Park residential area and the Linford Lakes Nature Reserve. A children’s play area has been provided for use by local residents.

    Refreshments
    Refreshments are available from the nearby Black Horse pub next to the Grand Union Canal. There are shops selling food at the Oakridge Park Local Centre.

  • Lodge Lake

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    Lodge Lake is one of the city's ‘on-line’ balancing lakes. It was created in 1981 by building a dam across the Loughton Brook. This holds back water as flow rates in the brook increase, helping to prevent flooding in downstream areas. The lake is perfect for a short outing - a gentle walk around the lake edge takes about 30 minutes - with plenty of interest on and off the water year-round.

    Refreshments
    None on site; the nearest shops are located in Great Holm about five minutes’ walk to the west. A Chinese restaurant, the Kam Tong Garden, overlooks the lake.

  • Kingsmead

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    This is a small area of parkland and woodland, which connects the North Bucks Way into the parks system via Tattenhoe and Westcroft. It is an ideal place to visit if you live in one of the nearby residential areas. The surrounding land is currently being developed into housing, so is likely to change considerably over the coming years.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities on site but Westcroft and Howe Park Wood are less than a mile away.

  • Broughton Brook Magna Park

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    Broughton Brook park is an area of parkland bordering the Magna Park industrial estate. We have recently taken over management of a section of attractive parkland off the Erwood roundabout, with plans to take over further areas in future.

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