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Initial Success for Park Plans

Plans for a £6m plus rejuvenation of Cassiobury Park have moved a step closer to securing lottery funding. The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Lottery Fund have given initial support to proposals drawn up by Watford Borough Council for the park. The move means the council can take its bid to secure a windfall for the park onto the next stage of the application process. Development funding of £418,600 has also been awarded to help the council apply for the full lottery grant.

If successful, the lottery money will fund a £6.6m project, which aims to rejuvenate this historic park with a raft of improvements and upgrades. Among the enhancements proposed are a new park centre with café, community room, education facilities, new toilets and changing rooms. There are also plans to revamp the pools and return the bandstand to the park.

Chair of Friends of Cassiobury Park, John Cox adds:

”The Friends of Cassiobury Park are delighted that the council has been successful in this initial quest for lottery funding as this is a wonderful opportunity to restore and preserve aspects of the park. We look forward to being part of future consultations regarding the specific plans and will work to ensure that the nature and environment of the park will remain protected.”