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UNDERWAY: 500k park refurbishments 

 Published on: 15th February 2020   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Huge refurbishments to Garston Park began on Monday, 10 February. 

The improvements, which cost £500,000, will enhance the landscape and facilities for residents.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “I am delighted that we have started work on our improvements to Garston Park. This is part of our ongoing commitment to keep improving parks and green spaces in Watford for children and adults alike to enjoy. The investment in Garston Park will ensure there will be plenty of opportunities to get active, have fun and enjoy being outdoors.”

The refurbishments include upgraded play area equipment and a brand-new skate zone for younger children with scooters or other wheeled toys.

There will also be a new footpath network to ensure accessibility for all, and new benches, seating and bins throughout the park so residents can spend time enjoying all it has to offer.

Jennifer Pattinson, Councillor for Garston’s Meriden Ward said: “I am really looking forward to watching the subtle yet wonderful transformation of our park. I can’t wait to see all our residents enjoying this wonderful green open space.”

More trees will be planted to add to Watford’s tree canopy (currently 18.2%, which is higher than the national average of 16%) and along with this a new wildflower meadow will be created. 

As well as making the park even more beautiful, these initiatives will support biodiversity and improve the soil, climate and the environment.

Residents and park visitors will be invited to become a part of the programme by establishing a Friends of Garston Park volunteer group.

There will be new entrances from Codicote Drive and St Albans Road with railings and signage to ensure that the Park is seen as a destination in Watford and all unnecessary clutter will be removed.

The improvements to Garston Park are scheduled to be complete by summer 2020.

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