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.

Park closing times

All parks in H&F will close at dusk which is currently between 6pm and 7pm. 

What you can do at the park

According to government guidance, from 29 March 2021 you can exercise or meet in a public outdoor space with people you live with, one other household, or as a group of 6.

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

  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Multi-use games courts
  • Skateboard areas

Make a sports booking here

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. 

Playgrounds and outdoor gyms

Playgrounds and outdoor gyms in parks are now open. 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.

Paddling pools

The paddling pool in Ravenscourt Park and splash pool in Bishops Park are scheduled to reopen on Saturday 22 May.

We are currently carrying out safety inspections to ensure the facilities are safe to use after being closed during the pandemic.