Use of Bute Park during the Covid-19 pandemic (Updated 10.09.20)

First published 24th Mar, 2020

Cardiff’s parks remain open during the Covid-19 pandemic and play an important role in supporting the good health and wellbeing of citizens. Bute Park continues to be a popular part of people’s daily routines during lockdown but it is vital that the latest Welsh Government guidance is followed in order to manage the risk of infection from the novel coronavirus which causes Covid-19.

Public toilets within Bute Park are currently closed

Public toilets are recognised under Welsh Government guidelines as facilities with a high risk of contamination from bodily fluids containing the novel coronavirus which causes Covid-19. As such they have been closed on public health grounds.

The toilets within Bute Park are operated and managed by our catering concession holders, not by the Council itself. The Council recognises the challenges private businesses face in the wake of the pandemic crisis and will support our tenants in opening the public toilets when it is safe and practical for them to do so.

We recognise the inconvenience this may cause to park users but we must ensure that public safety remains the overriding priority. With people being encouraged to stay local, we are confident use of Bute Park can be planned around the absence of on-site toilet facilities at this time.  

Bute Park Visitor Centre

The Bute Park Visitor Centre is currently closed to visitors and for conference bookings. We are reviewing our arrangements and will resume opening when possible.

Plant Shop re-opens with winter veg and hanging baskets for sale

The Bute Park Plant Shop re-opened in August.  The “pop-up” shop is now located outside the Visitor Centre on Wednesday and Saturday (weather depending). 

There is a selection of spring bulbs and bedding, perennials, shrubs, winter veg. The team are also taking orders for stunning Winter Hanging Baskets.  Please contact buteparknurseries@cardiff.gov.uk for more information.

Summerhouse Café re-opens for takeaway only

The Summerhouse Café opened on Monday 11th May offering a restricted takeaway menu. The business will operate under current social distancing regulations. Please adhere to their on-site signage and follow the instructions of staff when using this facility.

Pettigrew Tea Rooms re-opens for takeaway only

Pettigrew Cwtch opened on Saturday 14th June offering a restricted takeaway menu. The business will operate under current social distancing regulations. Please adhere to their on-site signage and follow the instructions of staff when using this facility.  

Secret Garden Cafe re-opens for takeaway only

Secret Garden Cafe opened on Thursday 2nd July offering a restricted takeaway menu. The business will operate under current social distancing regulations. Please adhere to their on-site signage and follow the instructions of staff when using this facility.

Blackweir Bridge is currently closed

The bridge was closed on Monday 27th April to ensure social distancing after attempts to allow the public to use it as a one-way system proved unsuccessful.

The following issues were observed when the “one way only, give way to oncoming traffic” guidance was trialled:

  • Crowding around the entrances whilst people waited to cross
  • Individuals choosing not to wait and crossing against oncoming traffic, which others would then follow
  • Use by runners who were exhaling heavily within what is effectively a confined space
  • Groups stopping on the bridge to admire the view

The bridge’s walkway is less than 1.5m so the above meant people were regularly observed to not be keeping sufficient distance from others and indeed those who were following the guidance were being put at risk outside of their control by others.

Fitness equipment now open

All nine of the city’s outdoor gyms re-opened on Monday 20th July.

Prior to re-opening, equipment and safety surfaces have been checked.  To help ensure safety, please remember to:

–          wash or sanitise hands, before, after and during using the equipment

–          keep a 2 metre distance from others not in your household

Woodland Balance Trail now open

Across Cardiff play areas have been opened on phased basis, following a safety first approach and with a view to ensuring that children across the city have some play provision in their local area as quickly as possible.

Prior to re-opening, equipment and safety surfaces have been checked, and changes have been made to help maintain social distancing and minimise risk of transmitting Covid-19 – for example, some swing seats may have been removed to ensure a 2 metre distance is maintained. 

The Woodland Balance Trail reopened on 27th July. If you or anyone in your household are showing any coronavirus symptoms, please do not use the equipment. To help ensure safety:

–          wash or sanitise hands, before, after and during using the equipment

–          keep a 2 metre distance from others not in your household

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Bute Park Team