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Keeping Parks Safe

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Overview

Did you know you can use the Find My Local application to find Parks near you or to find the name of the park that you need.

Our parks and open spaces are open to everyone and are used for a wide range of activities, such as sports, play, walking, wildlife watching, picnics and outdoor events. Parks that are well used by all sections of the community are generally safe, healthy and enjoyable places to be.

Wherever possible parks sites are maintained by site based staff – Park Rangers or Park Keepers – who will assist with any enquiries or concerns reported by customers. Sites that are not staffed are visited regularly by Grounds Maintenance Service Providers to carry out maintenance activities and routine inspections e.g. playgrounds and lifebelt checks at parks pools. Site risk assessments are carried out annually and we regularly inspect our facilities to make sure they are safe and in good condition but we also rely on our customers to let us know of any problems. Please use the Request Building Facility Repair button to do this for features such as paths, seats, and park buildings and the Report a playground fault/hazard button to report problems with playground equipment/safety surfacing.


As well as ensuring that the facilities in our parks are safe we also seek to ensure that the activities that take place in parks do not cause any nuisance or danger to other users. There are restrictions on what people can do in parks that are set by local laws or Byelaws. Some activities such as holding funfairs and community events are allowed only with prior permission of the Council. For more information on this see the Use of Parks page.


We try to manage parks and park activities to benefit as many people as possible but sometimes conflicts can arise between different uses. If you wish to report an incident which has caused nuisance, danger or damage to other users in a park please use the Report Incidents/Accidents button.

Essential Information
  • The sort of information that we need you tell us is:

    • What needs to be repaired
    • Which park it is in
    • Whereabouts in the park
    • Is the condition of the item causing problems to park users
    • How the damage occurred (if you know)

    We will inspect the facility and prioritise its repair according to the risk it poses to people and property . If we don’t have the resources to carry out a repair immediately then we will make it safe by restricting public access (for instance, using fencing and/or warning signs or by removing or demolishing the feature).

Frequently Asked Questions
    • Playgrounds are designed to meet stringent safety guidelines. All outdoor children’s play areas in parks comply with current safety legislation BS EN 1176 ( tested in accordance with BS EN1177 )This restricts the amount and type of play equipment which can be used in a children’s play area and the need for safety surfacing and makes building and maintaining them expensive.

      The best source for funding for a new playground is through “Planning Gain”, also known as Section 106 funds. Speak to your local elected members to see if your area has access to these funds



    • There are Bye Laws which identify what activities are prohibited in Parks. There are three sets - one for Birmingham Parks, one for parks in Sutton Coldfield and a third set that applies to Lickey Hills Country Park - but all are broadly similar. (See attachments)

    • These are local laws made by the Council which give officers powers to issue penalties and act to protect property and individuals. There are 3 sets of Byelaws – Birmingham Parks, Lickey Hills Country Park and Sutton Coldfield Parks.
    • Please see the Dogs in Parks Policy attachment below.

    • Every Park and open space has a formal risk assessment and condition survey at least once a year. Staff also record any problems that they see whilst they are out and about inspecting the grounds maintenance work and checking on problems reported by members of the public. Sites that have Park Keepers or Ranger staff will be checked on a more frequent basis.

    • It's not always possible to carry out a repair immediately – it may be that the necessary parts and equipment are not available, or that there is not enough money. Some buildings and features have restrictions, which means that specialist advice and contractors are needed. Sometimes it's safer to remove a bench or demolish a building until resources can be found, rather than leave it in a dangerous condition .

    • The City Council is not responsible for providing a boundary fence or hedge to stop people getting into private gardens. In a very small number of cases the Council is responsible for a boundary and may choose to fence it, but in most cases it is the householder’s responsibility to protect their own property.

    • If you haven't been able to find the information that you need then the link below will take you to a form that you can use to ask us further questions.

      Service Specific Enquiry
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