Coronavirus and Ruskin Park

Ruskin Park is currently open during daylight hours, and can be used for leisure activities such as sunbathing as well as exercise. The playground, outdoor gym, wildlife garden and tennis courts have re-opened, and the cafe will be open on sunny days. The toilets near Ferndene Road are now open from 12 noon until an hour before closing, but this is subject to change.

All Friends of Ruskin Park group activities remain suspended. This means that are no organised volunteering sessions or gardening workshops, although some may now volunteer as an individual to help with gardening or litter-picking.

Please continue following the guidance:

  • Follow safety advice when using play and sports facilities
  • Stay two metres away from people outside your household at all times, including while queuing at the cafe
  • Only use benches on your own or with members of your household
  • Do not gather in groups of more than six people not from your own household 

Read on for more information on the measures you can take to help the park stay safe and open, and about volunteering opportunities.

Stay two metres away from those outside your household

While in the park, it’s important to remain two metres away from those not in your household. This is because the virus spreads via droplets from an infected person sneezing or coughing. Some infected people don’t have symptoms, so we all need to behave as if we and every person we encounter outside of the home could be infected and could sneeze or cough at any time.

This applies to runners and walkers. Please keep adjusting your course to ensure you stay two metres away from others.

Do not gather in groups of more than six people, unless you are all members of the same household.

Litter-picking and gardening volunteering

Some may now volunteer to help with some simple gardening tasks and with litter-picking as an individual, as long as social distancing is maintained and our other guidelines are followed. Find out how to get involved.

For information about the symptoms of coronavirus and steps you should take to protect yourself and others, please visit the NHS website.

If you have any questions about the Friends of Ruskin Park, please email