Bristol's parks facilities, markets and leisure centres shut: Parks consultation launches today

23 Mar 2020

Leisure, Arts, Culture and Events

Bristol's parks facilities, markets and leisure centres shut

Council acts on latest coronavirus guidance

Following Government and Public Health England guidance regarding the evolving coronavirus situation, all leisure centres have been temporarily closed and in addition Bristol City Council has taken the decision, to close St Nicholas Markets and a number of facilities and other services in the city’s parks in the interest of public safety. These closures are until further notice.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: “Today, leisure centres, St Nicholas Markets as well as several facilities in our parks including cafes, toilets and multi-use play areas have temporarily closed. These measures are being put in place immediately to delay the spread of the virus and to protect our citizens, as these are places where people congregate. 

“Please remember that many businesses across the city are continuing to provide fresh groceries and ready meals through home delivery and collections, including the Source based at St Nicholas Markets.  

“If you are going for a walk in one of our parks please be sensible and take notice of the government’s advice around social distancing – make sure you are two meters or more away from other people at all times. We all have a duty to protect the vulnerable. If as a city we do not do this, then the government is likely to put tougher restrictions in place – and we do not want this happen, as parks and green spaces are so important to people’s mental health.”

We are closing some facilities. These new measures include temporary closure of:

  • Leisure centres
  • St Nicholas Markets
  • Blaise Nursery retail outlet
  • Bristol City Council run park cafes and kiosks at Ashton Court, Blaise Estate, Oldbury Court Estate, Canford Park, St George Park and Hengrove Play Park
  • Toilets on all sites
  • Hengrove Play Park play equipment
  • Cabot Tower
  • All parks car parks – Ashton Court Estate, Blaise Estate, Oldbury Court Estate, Snuff Mills, Eastville Park, Redcatch Park and Netham Park
  • St Andrews Park paddling pool
  • Netham pavilion
  • Ashton Court miniature railway
  • Bowling greens as well as removal of goalposts and ‘last man standing’ cricket
  • The golf hub at Ashton Court

We are seeking residents’ cooperation to stay away from other facilities. Facilities residents should not use include:

  • Children’s play areas in parks
  • Wheels parks and multi-use games areas
  • Park shelters
  • Sport facilities for formal or informal sports

To protect members of the public from undue risk, anyone who has tested positively for coronavirus or who is self-isolating should stay at home.

The Bristol City Council website now has a hub page with all the latest up to date information.