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A one million pound investment in play in Watford

Watford’s Harebreaks and Harwoods adventure playgrounds are set to be transformed over the next year following a decision by Watford Borough Council to invest £1.25million across both sites.

This investment marks an exciting new chapter for the playgrounds, which, by Summer 2017, will offer local young people a thrilling range of state-of-the-art play equipment, designed specifically for 5-15 year olds. The other big change is that the playgrounds will be open to young people and their families all day, every day.

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “We have delivered fantastic new play areas for our younger children but we know that the town’s offer for older children is currently lacking. The proposals for the two adventure playgrounds are amazing and really put adventurous, challenging and, importantly, fun play on the map in Watford. I am sure these will become ‘must go to’ places for families from all parts of the borough and will mean that Watford’s outdoor play facilities are amongst the best in the country.”

Councillor Karen Collett, Portfolio Holder for Play, comments: “Whilst the current adventure playgrounds have served their local communities well, it is time for a new approach to play that meets the expectations of young people and families in the 21st century. Key to this is being accessible – both in terms of being open throughout the week and in making sure the needs of all our young people are met. This investment has ensured there is equipment on both sites that is available for young people of all abilities, which I think is great news.”

Highlights in the new playgrounds include: a double zip wire, iconic tower with aerial tunnels, slide and bridge and a climbing wall at Harwoods and an adventure trail and landmark climbing equipment at Harebreaks. Both sites are designed to ensure they are in keeping with the local area, which is particularly important at Harebreaks where the proposals ensure the new equipment blends into the woodland environment.

The council is holding two ‘drop-in’ sessions to share the adventure playground plans with the local community. These are:

Saturday 9 July: 2-4pm – Watford Town Hall
Monday 11 July: 6-8pm – Watford Town Hall

In addition to the significant investment in the playgrounds, the Council will secure a programme of activities so local young people can continue to enjoy organised play during the Easter and Summer holidays.

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