Verulamium Park has long been at the heart of St Albans and is a popular place to walk. The park also has a 9 hole golf course, tennis courts, crazy golf, a basketball/netball court, an outdoor gym and sports pitches with changing facilities to enjoy. Then there’s the lake and of course, refreshments are available from two cafés, the Inn on the Park and the Westminster Lodge cafeteria, as well as a handful of ice cream stands during the summer.
The St Albans Verulamium Park children's playground has also long been a popular place for little ones to climb, swing and slide before cooling off in the splash park that is open from May to September. But it has also long been considered in need of a revamp so it is great to hear that some £120K will be made available for a playground makeover.
Earlier in the year St Albans Council City Neighbourhoods Committee (CNC) finalised an award of £120,400 for Verulamium at Play’s project. It will be used to redesign and replace the playground in St Albans’ flagship park. Verulamium at Play had already raised £56,000 and identified other possible funding sources. The CNC’s award represents a significant contribution to the charity’s fundraising goal of £250,000 to revamp the playground at Verulamium Park.
The CNC oversees the management of local assets in the City centre, including some parks, public toilets and allotments, on behalf of St Albans City and District Council. Their contribution to the project is part of a wider work programme for the future maintenance of playgrounds. Anyone wanting to support the project or to offer a donation can contact the organisers via the charity’s website.
The local voluntary group Friends of Verulamium Park help to support, preserve and promote the park. See their website for news, talks and special events.