Watford’s multi-use games area (MUGA) in King George V Playing Fields was re-opened this week by Watford Borough Council and Veolia.
The MUGA first opened in 2007 thanks to £250,000 in funding from Barclays Spaces for Sports, and the popular leisure facility has been well-used by a variety of sporting clubs, groups and children for sports and leisure activities.
Following 15 years of constant use, the facility which has a rubber surface and is equipped with floodlights so that it can be used all year round, has undergone essential maintenance work of around £20,000 to keep the area safe and playable in all weathers.
This has included resurfacing and re-marking three tennis courts, two basketball courts, one netball court, as well as football and hockey goal areas.
The revamped facility helps work towards the council’s ambition of ensuring that all communities have access to good quality parks and green spaces and work to improve the health and wellbeing of children and adults in the nearby area.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “Sport and outdoor activity is really important to any community, so I’m delighted to see the pitch’s resurfacing work completed and ready for use again. These works ensure that a range of sports are catered for, for years to come. With the work now completed, it will be good to see people of all ages, all backgrounds and all abilities using the MUGA again. It’s a place where people can come together, keep fit and form friendships.”
Coert van Straaten, Headteacher at the nearby Holywell Primary School, said: “A shared space like this is more than a place to play football, basketball or whatever the sporting choice is. It’s a great starting place to learn about teamwork, sharing and the rules of a sport for our younger people. The revamped surface allows us to make the very best use of this precious outdoor sport and recreation resource, and support a wider range of exciting organised activities and sports in which our students can participate.”
For more information about Watford’s seventeen award-winning parks, please visit www.watford.gov.uk/parks