Article and Photographs: Jonathan White
Queens Park in Crewe reopened on Tuesday 21st April 2020 following Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick’s announcement last Saturday that parks and cemeteries must remain open during the coronavirus outbreak. The park was closed the previous month in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Warm but windy weather brought the public out to enjoy the park on the first day of its reopening with walkers, runners, dog walkers, and cyclists enjoying using the paths and grass areas and viewing the lake during their daily exercise.
However, all facilities within the park remain either locked or taped-off which includes the children’s play area (plus wheelchair friendly swing), Park Life Café, outdoor gym, crown green bowling and both sets of toilets. All 2020 events within Queens Park remain postponed until further notice.
I took my photos during my daily exercise walk and witnessed visitors all respecting social distancing.
The reopening of Queens Park produced differing opinions on social media with some people stating it contradicted government advice to stay at home, some were worried about the potential risk of Covid-19 infection, whilst others looked forward to visiting a large green space as long as social distancing was respected.