Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We've taken the decision to close our children's play areas. This is with immediate effect and will remain closed until further notice. The decision is in line with updated government guidance and reflects the need for us to do what we can to encourage greater social isolation in light of the spread of the coronavirus.


Play area at Ripon Leisure Centre

Works to build a new swimming pool at Ripon Leisure Centre has already begun. As part of this project, we will be investing £100,000 to build a brand new play area on the site. This is a great opportunity to create a 'destination' play area for Ripon.

This consultation will gather opinions from local residents to help us create the most suitable design for the play area. The public consultation report will be used to create a wish list for the design brief, which will influence the final decision.

Play area at Ripon Leisure Centre consultation

The closing date is Monday 20 April 2020. The final design for the play area will be available on the results and reports from consultations page in September 2020. We expect the play area to be open by May 2021.


There are more than 90 public play areas, ball courts, skateboard parks and outdoor gyms in the district.

We manage 60 locations. Other play areas are managed by parish councils and community groups.

Parks staff inspect all our children's play areas weekly or fortnightly to make sure they're in good working condition. They're also checked annually by an independent inspector.

We respond urgently to reports of broken equipment, vandalism or broken glass. To report damage to a playground or accidents, contact us.

Play area development

We work closely with parish councils and community groups to improve the district's play areas. For funding information, see our commuted sums page.

List of play areas

Page last updated 23/03/2020