With over two million people visiting Cassiobury Park each year, it is important that park-goers feel both safe and happy in Watford’s iconic park.
And Watford Borough Council’s recent visitor survey of the park has confirmed why it was voted one of Britain’s top 10 favourite parks in the Keep Britain Tidy People’s Choice poll.
To help gain an understanding of how members of the public feel about the park and to highlight any issues, Watford’s Community Safety Partnership – including Herts Police, Watford Borough Council and Veolia – recently held a Safer Parks community engagement event at Cassiobury Park.
Out of the 217 participants who took part in the survey, 99 per cent said they felt ‘very safe’ or ‘fairly safe’, whilst they were enjoying facilities on offer, including the Cassiobury Park Hub, paddling pools, The Cha Café and the historic bandstand.
Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “When you speak to residents, they always say how much they love Cassiobury, so it’s great to see the survey confirms this. There are now so many wonderful facilities and things to do here throughout the year, it is always worth a visit. The council wants to ensure that Cassiobury continues to be among the best parks in the country. We are constantly listening to feedback to see how we can keep improving the park.”
Neighbourhood Sergeant Dave Elgy said: “We received a large amount of positive feedback and we also received views around a few areas that the police and the council could focus on, to help improve the park to an even higher standard. I’d like thank everyone who took the time to take part in the survey; public feedback is vital to ensure that we are focusing on the issues that matter.”
The survey also allowed the council to gain some insightful feedback on things that would make park visitors even happier, including more dog control. The council is now looking at how it can make improvements based on the feedback given.
The satisfaction ratings of the park were recorded as 72.60 per cent feeling very satisfied and 25.11 per cent feeling fairly satisfied, as visitors 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.
For more information on the park, visit watford.gov.uk/cassioburypark