Everyone is invited to the grand public opening of our new Cassiobury Park hub and paddling pools.
Come and experience this fantastic visitor attraction during a special event from 11am to 2pm on Saturday 1 July. Enjoy the thrilling water splash fountains and find out about all the fabulous activities that are available in Cassiobury Park. There’ll be lots of things to see and do and, of course, music on our glorious, award-nominated bandstand.
We’re just putting the finishing touches to the pools and the neighbouring Cassiobury Park hub, which we’ve redeveloped at a cost of £2.8m. They’re part of a wider £6.6m regeneration of Cassiobury Park – funded by us, and the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funds.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, said: “The new pools and hub will be absolutely amazing, they’ll be free for everyone to use and fully accessible. Watford’s paddling pools are one of our iconic features that generations of people who have grown up here know and love. Our investment, along with the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funding, has transformed them into an exciting water play and splash area for families to enjoy for years to come. Our new hub will provide a meeting place for the whole community – and Daisy’s in the Park café will have lots of tasty treats. You couldn’t ask for a better day out.”
A water play park with 30 state-of-the-art splash pads, water jets and fountains, will be next to the two new paddling pools. There will be raised “push buttons” for children of all abilities to control the water flow and flat surfaces so children with disabilities can enjoy a paddle.
The new hub will include toilets, changing rooms, a community and exhibition room, education space, the Daisy’s in the Park cafe and more. There will also be Changing Places facilities for disabled users, so that everyone can enjoy this wonderful waterpark and community meeting place.
Visitors will be able to use the car park in Gade Avenue for up to six hours. Just make sure you pick up a ticket at the newly installed machine. For the opening day, the car park will be busy. However, there are many car parks close to the Town Hall that visitors can use before walking to the park. For the full list, visit our car parks web page.
Here's what the hub looks like now:
And here are some pics of the hub and paddling pools during an earlier stage of development: