Cassiobury Park has received a ringing endorsement from visitors, with 98% saying they are satisfied with the town’s favourite open space.
The recent survey also found more than 93% of park visitors thought it had improved in the last three years. This reflected the extensive investment in Cassiobury since 2015, which has seen a raft of improvement works in the park funded with £6.6m from Watford Borough Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.
These improvements include the opening of the £2.8m Cassiobury Park Hub and paddling pools and the refurbishment of The Cha Café and Watford’s historic bandstand. The bandstand has been returned to its original location in the heart of the park and is now home to the exciting ‘Big Bandstand’ programme of free live shows every summer.
Visitors also highlighted sports, family activities, healthy living, guided walks and talks, arts and crafts, nature and wildlife, and learning about the park’s history as areas they particular enjoyed during their visits.
Deputy Mayor of Watford, Cllr Peter Taylor, said: “It is great to know that all the recent hard work and investment in Cassiobury have been recognised as shown by these survey results. When you speak to residents, they always say how much they love Cassiobury and so it was really important that the recent improvements enhanced the park, protecting its heritage whilst adding some outstanding new features for people to enjoy. There are now so many wonderful facilities and things to do here throughout the year, it is always worth a visit.”
Over 2million people visit Cassiobury Park each year and, in 2017, it was voted one of Britain’s top 10 favourite parks in the Keep Britain Tidy People’s Choice poll.