Plans to give Woodside Playing Fields - the Green Flag accredited park managed by Watford Borough Council - a makeover have moved a step closer...
Plans to give Woodside Playing Fields - the Green Flag accredited park managed by Watford Borough Council - a makeover have moved a step closer. The first phase of the development project was approved last year, and with good progress being made with planning and design work, construction is scheduled to start in early 2022.
The first phase focuses on creating the Woodside Community Sports Village, with a range of developments to improve the sports facilities on site, promoting an active lifestyle and encouraging greater use of the park by residents and visitors.
It will include a new community sports hub, providing modern up-to-date facilities for cricket, football and boxing catering for all ages and abilities. The sports hub will include modern and accessible changing rooms for the clubs already based at the site, including Watford Town Cricket Club, the football clubs and Watford Amateur Boxing Club, as well spaces for shared community use.
Artists impression of view looking East towards Community Sports Village
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “We have many first class leisure facilities in Watford and these are well used by local residents. One of my key manifesto commitments was to help bring a brand new family friendly facility to Woodside Playing Fields. These plans are ambitious and will give Watford residents even more state-of-the-art facilities. I can’t wait to see these improvements take shape.”
An adventurous new toddler and junior play area will also be built for young thrill-seekers, where children will be able discover the play trails, swing on the jungle swing like a modern-day Tarzan, roll down the grassy mounds, zoom down the slides or just enjoy being pushed on the swings. And to make sure everyone can join in the fun, there will be equipment that is ideal for children with disabilities.
The council will also be enhancing the existing sensory garden with a network of paths created to link the community areas and children’s play areas with the woodland of Albans Woods. To complete the scene, seating and picnicking spots are sprinkled throughout the play space.
A community café will also be created in the historic setting, to cater for cyclists, sportspeople, walkers and busy parents wanting to relax with a drink and enjoy a snack in the new park. It will be set in the historic stable block with outside seating and socialising and event spaces. The café will serve a selection of lovely hot and cold food and drinks, to eat in or take away.
New public toilets, a ‘changing places’ facility and additional parking are also planned to cater for increased use of the site. For more information on the project, please visit yourwoodside.co.uk
Artists impression of stable courtyard
Artists impression of adventurous play space in Woodside Playing Fields