Wokingham Borough Council is today (Wednesday 13 May) re-opening its country park car parks, with limited spaces at Dinton Pastures and California Country Parks.
At Dinton Pastures, the main Dinton car park, along with the Activity Centre and Aviation car parks are now open, providing 200 car parking spaces. To ensure visitor numbers remain manageable and aid social distancing, the overflow car parks will not open at this stage. The two main car parks will also open at California Country Park, providing 100 parking spaces. The overflow car parks will also remain closed at this site. Cafes, toilets and play areas will remain closed at both sites.
Cantley Park’s car park has also reopened today (May 13) and the smaller Countryside Service car parks at Rook’s Nest Woods and Keephatch Meadows will also re-open to the public. Heathlake is currently undergoing resurfacing work and will open at a later date.
Other activities that will open include day fishing which will start again at both sites. In addition, Disc Golf will also re-start on Lea Heath, and will be open to individuals and same family groups.
Social distancing marshals will be present at both country parks to encourage visitors to keep a safe 2 metre distance from one another. If the car parks are full, marshals will be waving cars to pass and not stop. Visitors are reminded to respect the marshals and to not park on nearby roads or side streets but to return at a quieter time to use the country park
Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure, said: “We are still encouraging our residents to use their local park, or to visit by walking or cycling. If visitor numbers are too high and social distancing guidelines aren’t being adhered to, then we reserve the right to close the car parks again, as safety of our staff and our residents remains of paramount importance.”