Two parks have been deemed successful after recent developments and a previous regeneration.

Leavesden County Park has been shortlisted under the Community Involvement category for the Local Government Chronicle Awards 2020, since the parks official opening in July 2019.

The Three Rivers District Council owned park launched after it received £1million funding from the council, National Heritage Lottery Fund and Warner Bros.

Since introduced, the project developed a Heritage Trail; a heritage and environmental education centre, Leavesden HIVE; restoration works and other park activities.

The awards ceremony celebrates the teams and individuals in local government which makes a difference to the community.

Councillor Sara Bedford, leader of Three Rivers District Council, said: “I am thrilled that the innovation and hard work of Three Rivers and the huge contribution of the local community has been recognised nationally. This is an important award to be shortlisted for and demonstrates that Three Rivers District Council has listened to the community and delivered an outstanding project.”

Lead member for Leisure, Councillor Chris Lloyd, added: “I am delighted and proud that we have delivered this project with, and for the community. I would like to thank all our partners.”

Watford Borough Council have also confirmed that over 2 million people have visited Cassiobury Park this year.

Data from the council shows that over 105,000 children made use of the paddling pools during Summer, the park was part of 27 school education programmes.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “Cassiobury Park is really cherished by residents from across Watford. We are continuing to invest in the park to make sure it is as good as it can be and enjoyed by everyone who spends time there.

“In Watford, we have the highest number of green flag parks in the County and are always trying to make sure our parks and green spaces are the best they possibly can be.”

Following on from the Cassiobury Park Restoration project which concluded on August 2017, the council continued to make improvements by providing wildlife sanctuary with a new wetland restoration project, restoring a rustic bridge, improved car parking facilities and introducing the new shrubs at Cassio Common.