Do you lock your parks at the end of each day or are they left unlocked? Why do we lock parks? Protect items and features from theft and vandalisam and/or protect park users from harm such as open water?
If your site is open without fencing or gates this is not something you will have to deal with. If your site has perimeter railings or a fence with gates its highly likely to be an issue. Is it madness to invest a high level of public money in the park and then leave it unlocked? We often get asked this question and there is no right or wrong answer, but here are some things to consider before the decision is taken.
Is the park locked just because it always has been? Could the large expensive of the locking up / unlocking operation save money to allocate elsewhere? How secure is the site after locking? If the gates are locked is access still relatively easy if the gates or perimeter fence are easily climbable or could access easily be gained through neighbouring properties?
Will locking create management issues to do with legitimate access when the park is locked ie. residents and evening sports based within the site. If you propose locking up you need to be aware that there are likely to be protests from those who want early morning access such as dog-walkers, commuters and joggers. If the site is to be left open it is likely to raise pressure for lighting? will anti social behavior increase?
I do think whatever the choice Vehicle access is an issue that is of importance as often major theft occurs only when it has been possible for thieves to be able to drive into the park in the middle of the night.
These are just some of the issues and I would be keen to hear your experience.