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Town's play parks to reopen to kids as lockdown eases

Doe Copse play park at New Milton
Doe Copse play park at New Milton

NEW Milton play parks are to reopen to the public on Saturday amid the continued relaxation of the lockdown restrictions.

Speaking during a virtual meeting of the full town council yesterday (Monday), Cllr Geoffrey Blunden, who chairs the amenities committee, announced the facilities are due to be back in use at the weekend.

These include the play park on the recreation ground, off Whitefield Road, as well as the ones in Doe Copse Lane, on Barton’s Long Meadow; and on Ashley Recreation Ground, off Normans Way.

Both the MUGA (multi-use games area) and the adult exercise equipment on the main recreation ground have also been made available again.

“Even though all these areas have been out of use for the last three months, they will be thoroughly inspected and cleaned before being reopened,” Cllr Blunden said.

The New Milton play parks re-openings come a month after the town’s popular skatepark on the main recreation ground was put back into action.

As reported in the A&T, there were some concerns at the time as to how a social distancing requirement for no more than 10 skaters and cyclists at a time could be enforced.

This article was amended on 1st July 2020 to correct the date when the play parks are due to open.

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