Derby Parks COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Sat 28 Mar 2020


All still water lakes are closed to anglers so that includes the lakes at Allestree Park, Alvaston Park, Markeaton Park, Heatherton Pond and Mill Dam.  For further details, visit

Previous updates

Wed 25 Mar 2020

Derbyshire Police have advised Derby City Council to close the car parks at Allestree Park, Alvaston Park and King George V Playing Fields (Littleover/Blagreaves). At this point in time, other car parks on Derby City Parks remain open but this will be continuously reviewed. Other closures may follow, please keep up to date by following (social media links).

Please use local parks for your daily dose of the outdoors and follow social distancing guidelines.  

Stay safe.

Tue 24 Mar 2020

Following the Governments recent advice, our playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms are closed.

If you do choose to use a park, we ask that you follow the guidance given as follows:

  • Do not go to any crowed space.
  • Keep a safe distance of 2 meters apart and do not meet in groups, there should be no public gatherings of more than two people.
  • Follow guidance provided by NHS for Coronavirus and best practice for self-care techniques.

We also ask that you help us maintain our parks by taking litter home. 

Please stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Anyone can spread the virus.

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

You can contact us by email at

Fri 20 Mar 2020

  • The cafe in Derby Arboretum Park will be closed from today. 
  • The Derby Walking festival, scheduled to be from Saturday 9 May to Sunday 17 May, is to be postponed. The date for the rearranged festival is yet to be confirmed and will be dependent on the situation over the next 12 weeks. We are anticipating that this will be in September however this will be determined by the above. Thank you to all the partners who have supported the Walking Festival. As and when we have any further updates, we will update this web page. 

Thu 19 Mar 2020

All the community centres leased from parks are closing down their general community use. Those with Early Years provision in them are still waiting for clarification from the DCC Early Years team as to whether they will be needed to remain open to provide childcare for essential workers.

Wed 18 Mar 2020

This is a difficult time for us all, but the welfare of our visitors and staff must always come first. Parks and Open Spaces are to remain open at this point in time because, as we all know, they are a valuable resource for people to gain exercise and benefits of being outside.

The cafés, public toilets, Park Managed buildings and ‘paid for activities’ at Mundy Play Centre, Markeaton Park are to close in response to the government’s latest advice concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic from and including Thursday 19 March 2020, for at least 30 days.

This means that The Orangery at Markeaton Park, Waterside Café at Alvaston Park, Chaddesden Community Café, Markeaton Park Kiosk, mini golf, bouncy castles, children's cars, canoes, pitch and putt, disc golf, and footgolf will be closed from and including Thursday 19 March 2020, for at least 30 days. 

Darley Park Tea Rooms and Normanton Park Café are privately operated, and we will provide you with updates as we receive them.

We advise all customers to follow guidance provided by NHS for Coronavirus and best practice for self-care techniques.

Please keep checking our news page where we will be providing further information. We will also be updating information on our social media platforms.  If you require to contact us please email or through the City Council’s website system

Please help us maintain parks at this difficult time and take your litter home. We would like to thank you all for your continued support,

Wishing you all the very best. Take care and stay safe!

Derby Parks Team

Derby City Council Coronavirus information and advice 

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