Restoration of Cassiobury Park’s ‘rustic’ bridge
Works to repair and restore a bridge over the River Gade in Cassiobury Park – led by Watford Borough Council - will start on 14 January.
The rustic bridge – located near the Langley Way entrance – will be refurbished over the next four weeks, whilst structural repairs and new surfacing takes place. The picnic area near the bridge will be closed during this time but there will still be public access across the bridge.
The new design of the balustrade on the bridge is more in keeping with the heritage of the park and based on an old design. The carved rails will be used in other projects in the park.
This work is part of the continuation of the Cassiobury Restoration Project through the £4.95million awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, after it was recognised that many of the facilities in the park needed improving, including Watford’s 104-year-old bandstand, refurbished paddling pools and construction of a new hub building.
The project aims to restore surviving historic features such as the monumental Lime Avenue and carriage drives and estate watermill ruins and recreated features of the picturesque parkland such as the Rustic Bridge. The restorations has enabled people who live, work and visit Watford to reconnect with their past and their local environment by creating a walk back in time.