Have your say on exciting plans to overhaul Woodside Playing Fields

Watford Borough Council’s proposals to regenerate Woodside Playing Fields in Watford are moving a step closer.

Published: Tuesday, 11th September 2018

Watford Borough Council’s proposals to regenerate Woodside Playing Fields in Watford are moving a step closer, as the consultation for the park is now underway. The proposals for the dramatic makeover include a high ropes course complete with zip wire, an outdoor activity centre and an adventure golf course.  

A drop-in session where you can learn more about the proposals is happening at Woodside Leisure Centre on Wednesday 12 September from 12noon to 6pm.

The consultation is being delivered through a combination of meetings with key stakeholders, public consultation events and an online questionnaire, which can be found at yourwoodside.co.uk/survey.  The deadline for the survey is 20 September 2018, so make sure you don’t miss out on having your say!

Peter Taylor, Elected Mayor of Watford, said: ‘Thanks to work by the Council and Everyone Active, we have many first class leisure facilities in Watford. One of my key manifesto commitments was to invest in Woodside Playing Fields so that we have excellent facilities for people of all ages. These plans are ambitious and will give Watford residents some really great state-of-the-art facilities. I look forward to these plans taking shape and encourage local residents to get involved in this consultation process.”

As well as putting forward high ropes and adventure golf, the plans include a range of developments designed to improve the sports facilities on site, promote an active lifestyle and encourage greater use of the park by residents and visitors. These developments include a new Community Sports Hub providing cricket, football and boxing facilities, which Watford Town Cricket Club and Watford Amateur Boxing are set to benefit from. The plans  also include a new park café and improved play areas and public toilets. Additional parking is also planned to cater for increased use of the site.

The council is also proposing to change the indoor bowls club into a multi-use activity centre, where a whole range of activities like martial arts, ballet and dance, gymnastics and other classes can take place. If approved, this would enable this huge space to give thousands of people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to get active in a variety of ways.

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