From our Chair of Trustees, David Walker
We appreciate that it is a difficult time for everyone. Moseley Park Trustees and Rangers are working to keep the Park open throughout lockdown in order to benefit our community of Park users.
This newsletter is to give our valued members an update on the Park and its facilities during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
The recent good weather has brought many people into the Park. Since the start of lockdown we have been opening the Park for free every week for “Wellness Wednesday”. These have been very popular with lots of first time Park users. We have seen an increase in new member subscriptions which will benefit the Park and our community in the future.
Certain pathways around the pool are very narrow so a one-way system has been introduced to facilitate distancing in these areas. The vast majority of Park users have been considerate to others and respectful of social distancing.
The recent good weather has also seen an increase in large groups gathering in the Park late into the evenings. Park closing time has been changed to 8 pm to avoid any noise from large groups or anti-social behaviour and we have banned the drinking of alcohol for the same reason. Security Patrols have been employed, particularly at weekends and during good weather when the Park is at its busiest to help clear the Park at closing time.
We do ask Park members to be wary and avoid letting in large groups of people who do not have a Park fob.
The recent increase in Park usage has resulted in an increase in the amount of litter left behind. Bins are overflowing and are requiring an additional 2-3 hours of ranger and volunteer time to empty every day. In addition to the cost of this we are concerned that this may lead to a rat problem.
Please help us keep the Park clean and safe by taking your litter home with you wherever you can.
There is an alcohol ban within the Park and there are a number of notices to reinforce this, but it does appear that this is being ignored. The Board is aware that local pubs have restrictions, but this does not mean that the Park should be used as an alternative drinking venue. Please refrain from drinking in the Park as it leads to more rubbish and some complaints of anti-social behaviour.
We are saddened to say that the much anticipated festivals will not be taking place this year but we are continuing to work closely with the festival organisers and look forward to other events taking place in the Park when guidelines allow.
Delayed fee increase
Following consultation with our Park members, we had plans to increase subscriber fees in April 2020 but in light of the Covid-19 crisis, we decided to delay this increase. The new fee will now be implemented for subscribers from 1st August 2020.
Moseley Park and Pool is a registered charity. The current crisis has had a financial impact on scheduled essential maintenance, planned projects and improvements to the Park. If anyone wishes to make a donation to help keep the Park as a safe and community asset this can be done via Just Giving at justgiving.com/moseleyppt. Any donations will be gratefully accepted. Please remember to “gift aid” the donation as well, if you are a UK taxpayer.
In conclusion the Park is still open for business and I would urge you all to make the most of the lovely weather when it returns and spend some time enjoying this great local facility. Please do remember the Government Guidelines on safe distancing and please ensure you stay safe and wash your hands at every opportunity. If we can all follow the correct procedures and respect each other when using the Park it will make things much easier for everyone.
On behalf of the Moseley Park and Pool Trustees and Rangers we thank you all for your continued support in this difficult time. We wish you all well and please stay safe.
David B Walker
Chair of Trustees