Re-Opening of Facilities at Dean Castle Country Park

Facilities at Dean Castle COuntry Park have re-opened in line with the latest Scottish Government Guidance. Please take a few minutes to read the information below

Treehouse Cafe & Toilets

The Café and toilets located in the Visitor Centre will re-open on Monday 20th July. It will be open daily from 11.30am - 3.30pm and will be selling a range of pre-packed sandwiches and salad bowls, a selection of cakes, sweet treats, ice creams, juice and hot drinks. Please note that we will be accepting card payment only at this time. 

Car Park

The main car park on Dean Road and car park at Assloss Road  are open and will remain open 24 hours a day. There are limited car parking spaces available and we require all those using the car parks to maintain 2m physical distancing at all times. Checks will be conducted and if required we will display ‘Car Park’ full signage at the main entrance.

We ask that anyone using the car park, be mindful of others to ensure a safe distance when leaving or entering your car. Please remain in your car until it is safe to leave or stand back to allow others to enter safely.

The Kiosk

The Kiosk, located at the Rural Life Centre will be open daily from 11am - 3pm selling a range of hot and cold drinks, confectionery and ice creams. It will operate a cashless system and all transactions will be done via a contactless card reader. If the key pad is required the machine will be wiped clean after the transaction. Customers using the card machine are advised to sanitise their hands after use and before consuming food or drink. 

Play Park 

The play park within Dean Castle Country Park re-opened on Monday 29 Jun.  Prior to opening, a Health and Safety inspection of the play equipment was carried out to ensure it is safe to use, however we urge all users to follow the guidance below:

  • Stay 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household when using the play park.
  • If the park is crowded, do not enter if you cannot stay at a safe distance from others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and face.
  • Please carry hand sanitiser and clean your hands and your children’s hand before and after use of the play equipment.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when your return home.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

The risk of the coronavirus being passed on to others outdoors is considered to be low as long as people maintain social distancing and practice good hygiene and this is the responsibility of everyone using the play park and parents to make sure their children follow the above guidance.

Physical distancing

It is extremely important that you maintain physical distancing:

  • Stay 2 metres away from other people apart from members of your household. 
  • Maintain hand and cough hygiene.
  • Avoid touching hard surfaces such as walls, fences and park benches.
  • Take hygiene precautions when you are outside.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser.

Moving throughout the park

To help the flow of movement throughout the park we ask:

  • That you stay on the left hand side of a path when moving through the park.
  • Do not stop for long periods of time on a path when the park is busy, e.g. to speak with someone passing as this may make it difficult for others to pass and/or cause people to gather and wait.
  • Respect others by being courteous and allow others to pass you safely.
  • Avoid narrow paths where physical distancing will be difficult.
  • Respectfully allow those already using narrow stairways to finish their ascent/descent and to pass by safely.

Recreation

Running, cycling and horse riding on bridleways are permitted within the park, however:

  • Cyclists must give way to walkers and horse-riders on bridleways.
  • Cyclists and runners are asked to give way to others walking on the path and pass people safely allowing a 2m distance. If necessary, stop to allow others to pass.

Urban Farm

Access to the farm is still permitted and we hope you will enjoy walking through this area and seeing our animals but we ask that you:

  • PLEASE do not feed the animals.
  • Do not touch or pet the animals.
  • Do not stand for long periods of time at the fence to watch the animals.
  • Move on from your viewing point should the area start to become congested. 

Protecting the Natural Environment:

Please respect the country park and leave no trace of your visit. We ask that everyone:

  • Takes home their litter and leftover food. It is unsightly, can be dangerous to wildlife and farm animals and dropping litter and dumping rubbish are criminal offences.
  • Clean up after your dog and dispose of the mess responsibly – ‘bag it and bin it’

When you take your dog into the outdoors, always ensure it does not disturb wildlife, farm animals or other people by keeping it under effective control. This means that you:

  • Keep your dog on a lead.
  • Keep it in sight at all times and be aware of what it is doing and be confident it will return to you promptly on command.
  • Ensure it does not stray off to other people.

Dean Castle Country Park provides a suitable location for people to enjoy the outdoors, nature and exercise during this difficult time. This will only be possible if visitors adhere to the physical distancing measures outlined by the Scottish Government.

Covid - 19 symptoms – stay at home:

It’s very important that you stay at home if you have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) or you live with someone that has symptoms. Household isolation will help to control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community and the most vulnerable.

The most common symptoms are recent onset of any of the following:

  • A new continuous cough.
  • A high temperature.
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

If you live alone you should stay at home for 7 days from the day your symptoms started. This will reduce the risk of you infecting others.

If you live with others, the person who has symptoms should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms started. All other household members should isolate as a household for 14 days even if they don’t have symptoms themselves. The 14-day period starts from the first day the person had symptoms.

Please enjoy the country park and respect others using and working in the grounds.

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