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Cassiobury Park case study

16th Jun 2021

Cassiobury Park, Watford


Here Watford Borough Council tell us about the park:

With the new award winning Cassiobury Park Hub, state of the art paddling pools with exciting splash pool and water features, a booming bandstand, Daisy's in the Park café and Cafe Cha open all year, and a packed programme of activities all year round, it’s a great day out for the whole family.

Our restoration project in Cassiobury Park began in 2011, received £6.6m of funding (£5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, and £1.6m from the council) and the state-of-the-art and energy efficient Cassiobury Park Hub is now home to additional changing rooms, toilets, fully inclusive Changing Places facilities, events and education space, and the popular café. The Changing Places facilities were a vital part of the works.

The park is a Green-Flag award winning beauty spot, which has recently been voted one of the top 10 parks in the UK. Both awards recognise the high standards of facilities in the park.


What does the Changing Places facility include?

  • A safe, large space of approx 20sqm
  • A height adjustable, adult-sized changing bench
  • A ceiling hoist
  • A peninsular toilet
  • A height adjustable washbasin
  • A shower

As well as all the other features you'd expect to find in a Changing Places toilet - emergency alarm, privacy screen, paper roll, large bin.


Why was it installed?

Standard accessible toilets and changing facilities do not meet the needs of all people with a disability.

Therefore, Watford Borough Council strive to ensure that our playgrounds and park can be enjoyed by every child – and we encourage parents of disabled children to get in touch to see if we can make any more improvements. Our play programme is also accessible for those with disabilities.

The Changing Places toilet in the hub ensures that there are facilities for everyone, and the new signage installed promotes understanding and inclusion.