More services and attractions to reopen

As lockdown eases more services and attractions are reopening to the public, but park playgrounds remain closed for now.

All, of course, are putting precautions in place to remain Covid-safe and maintain social distancing. People should keep a distance of 2m apart unless there is a barrier such as a screen or they are wearing a face mask.

Here is an update on local services reopening in South Leeds:

The Church of the Nazarene charity shop next to Beeston Library has reopened.

Leeds Urban Bike Park has now reopened, including the café, shop and trails.

The weekend café at the Visitor Centre, by the lake, in Middleton Park is open for takeaways only, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm.

LS-TEN skatepark has not open yet, but is taking bookings for its Get Active camps which will run through the school holidays from Monday 20 July. Full details at:

Middleton Railway has announced they will reopen on Sunday 2 August.

Park playgrounds and outdoor gyms remain closed for now, despite the Government’s announcement that they can reopen. The guidance requires that risk assessments, cleaning and social distancing measures are put in place.

Leeds Parks & Countryside commented on Facebook:

“We have 200 playgrounds and outdoor gyms comprising of over 2000 items of individual equipment located within its parks and open spaces and this provides significant challenges in terms of scale and risk prevention. This means that we are unable to open sites our sites for now.

“The council is currently assessing what cleaning arrangements could be implemented to allow some limited opening at those sites where staff oversight is possible. It is inevitable that the reopening of playgrounds will be delayed.”

South Leeds Life understands that Leeds City Council community hubs and libraries, including Dewsbury Road, Hunslet and St George’s, Middleton are likely to reopen imminently.