H&F parks, green spaces and recreational areas – COVID-19 guidance 

Hammersmith & Fulham parks and green spaces are crucial for exercise and mental wellbeing and we want to ensure that they stay open for everyone to use.

Do not visit a park if you have any coronavirus symptoms – fever, coughs, shortness of breath.

Please use them 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.

Paddling pools

In accordance with Government guidelines on social distancing the paddling pool in Ravenscourt Park and splash pool in Bishops Park will remain closed.

We appreciate this is hugely disappointing for people, but we need to prioritise public safety and do everything possible to avoid a second lockdown.

Park closing times

All parks in H&F will close at dusk which is currently between 4.30pm and 5pm. 

What you can do at the park

According to Government guidance, you can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person.

These recreational areas are now closed and new signage has been put in place. 

  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Multi use games courts
  • Bowling greens 
  • Cricket nets 

You should:

  • stay local and use your own garden if you have one - please consider that people without gardens rely on parks more
  • keep to the guidelines on gatherings. The Met Police and H&F Council urge everyone to follow social distancing rules
  • observe social distancing, staying at least 2 metres apart from other people by making use of all areas of the park that remain open
  • avoid overcrowding - if a park is busy, do not enter if you cannot safely stay at a distance from others, consider exercising in quieter less-used streets
  • avoid touching surfaces (such as gates or hand-rails) and your mouth and face and wash your hands as soon as you get home. See Public Health England advice on hygiene
  • keep your dogs on a lead at all times to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from others
  • pay attention to instructions provided by parks services including any officials on site. Temporary measures have been put in place to safeguard you.

In some spaces such as river walkways, it may be difficult to maintain the recommended distance from other users, so please try to avoid these areas and choose places you can exercise safely.

Public toilets

Public toilets in Ravenscourt Park, Bishops Park and South Park are still open. Signs are in place to help everyone use them safely. Please respect the staff and leave when requested so that they can be cleaned.

Playgrounds and outdoor gyms

Playgrounds, remain open but skateboard areas, the BMX track and outdoor gyms in parks are closed. This guidance may change.

Stay safe in playgrounds, remember:

  • the equipment is shared
  • keep a safe distance at all times unless with members of your household
  • keep a hand sanitiser with you and apply it before and after using the play equipment
  • wash your hands when you get home

BBQs are currently prohibited

BBQs are not permitted during this time.

Please try and avoid places where it may be difficult to maintain social distancing, such as canal towpaths.