Image above: Ravenscourt Park
Parks & Playgrounds
Public parks in the London boroughs of Hounslow, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham are open to the public as are children’s playgrounds, outdoor gyms, tennis courts, skate parks and other facilities.
According to government guidance, you can go out and exercise each day alone or with members of your household. You can also meet meet up to six people from different households as long as you maintain social distancing.
You can use open access sports facilities for exercise with up to six people outside of your household but you must maintain social distancing.
Kew Gardens has been open since 1 June for people to visit at a pre-booked time slot.
Richmond Park has been open to pedestrians, but not to cars or cyclists, with two exceptions: Keyworkers could continue to cycle through the park to work if they show their staff pass. Those aged 12 years and under could also continue to cycle in the park. From Tuesday 2 June cyclists can use the park before 10.00 and after 4,00pm. Key workers and children with an adult can use the park in the hours in between. The park remains closed to car traffic.
The gardens of Chiswick House are open, but not Chiswick House, the conservatory or the cafe. Gifford’s Circus, which was to have come to Chiswick House 25 June – 13 July, is ‘on hold’ until further notice.
Gunnersbury Park is also open, but not Gunnersbury Park Museum, and its programme of public events has also been suspended.
Hammersmith & Fulham’s parks
LB Hammersmith & Fulham decided to shut its parks on the evening of Sunday 22 March after London was full of people out enjoying the spring sunshine. Their parks have now re-opened, with their website stating that the parks are crucial for exercise and mental well-being.
LB Hammersmith & Fulham advises the public to use the parks responsibly by:
- following the government’s rules on using green spaces to stop the spread of COVID-19
- staying 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household
- not cycling other than on the designated cycle ways.
All parks will be closed at 8.00pm as they are still under pandemic restrictions. This will continue to be reviewed.
Public toilets in Ravenscourt Park and Bishops Park are now open. Signs are in place to help everyone use them safely.