Around one million people pass through Watford’s Cassiobury Park every year, making it the third most popular in the country.
And the park could be transformed if plans by Watford Borough Council come off. They have made a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £5m of funding to pay for an exciting restoration.
It could include a return of the bandstand, improved car park, catering facilities and toilets, a major overhaul of the paddling pools and modernisation of Café Cha Cha Cha. The plan also involves replacing the five old buildings next to the pools with a new visitor centre, complete with an education officer to work with local schools, developing outreach programmes in Whippendell Wood.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill said: “This bid and the plans being drawn up are very exciting. I know Cassiobury Park is extremely popular with residents. Because of this, we have invested council money in improvements over recent years.
“Now we have perhaps a ‘one in a lifetime’ opportunity to bid for substantial outside funding which will not only provide even better facilities for people to enjoy, but also restoration.”