Working together to keep Ealing's parks open

People may now exercise outdoors as much as they wish and enjoy local parks and green spaces. They will also be allowed to sit in these areas, subject to social distancing, and enjoy picnics, while making sure to take all litter away with them.

To ensure a safe distance of two metres can be maintained, dogs should be kept under control, preferably on a lead.

Changes to restrictions also mean that it is possible to meet with one other person from a different household outside while maintaining social distancing.

People also may now take part in certain outdoor sports and activities with members of their household or one other person from outside your home, providing social distancing rules are followed.

As a result, some non-contact outdoor sport facilities have reopened, including managed and unmanaged tennis courts. However, playgrounds, play areas, basketball courts and outdoor gyms remain closed.

Brent Valley and Perivale golf courses are also open but public right of way for walkers will continue to be in place. 

People may now drive to outdoor open spaces and are not limited by distance. Therefore, the following park carparks have reopened from Saturday 16 May: Northala Fields, Brent Lodge Park, Pitshanger Park, Ealing Central Sports Ground, Berkeley Fields (for Horsenden Lane).

People are still encouraged to use their local parks and open spaces for exercise as much as possible, rather than travelling by car to more distant parks.

Some park cafés are set to open for takeaways and ice cream vans will also be able to operate.

Updated Thursday, 21 May 2020.

New signage to reflect the changed rules has been installed in the parks. There will continue to be enhanced council and police patrols in parks to provide advice, guidance and to help enforce social distancing. Enforcement of the ongoing restrictions falls to the police.

Councillor Mik Sabiers, cabinet member for environment and highways said: “Ealing has so many wonderful parks and green spaces and as the weather becomes warmer these will prove vital for residents who have limited or no access to outdoor space at home. 

“The council is working to ensure changes to restrictions allow people to enjoy outdoor spaces safely and look after their health and wellbeing as the coronavirus lockdown continues.

“It is essential residents do their bit to keep themselves and others protected from coronavirus by following the new rules and remaining at least two metres away from anyone other than members of their household.

“By working together and respecting other park users, we can ensure that Ealing’s parks and green spaces are safe, open and welcoming for all.”

Check the council’s website and social media for updates if you are planning to travel to a local park or green space.

Updated Thursday, 21 May 2020.