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Have your say to help further improve Rickmansworth Aquadrome

15th September 2021

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A five year action plan to make Rickmansworth Aquadrome an even better visitor experience while enhancing its rich wildlife is being developed by Three Rivers District Council - and park users are urged to have their say. 

The Green Flag award-winning 41 acre park is one of six nature reserves owned and managed by Three Rivers District Council and is hugely popular with both visitors and local organisations that use its facilities. 

The Aquadrome contains two lakes, Bury Lake and Batchworth Lake, with surrounding grassland and woodland. The lakes were formed as a result of gravel extraction, leaving behind large holes in the valley floor which naturally filled with water when extraction stopped in the 1920s. Some of the extracted gravel was used to build the original Wembley Stadium.

Now the council is drawing up a Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) to further enhance the Aquadrome and is asking regular users and residents for their help. 

Cllr Sarah Nelmes, Leader of Three Rivers District Council, explained: “The Aquadrome is one of the crowning glories of Three Rivers, treasured by residents and visitors alike. In recent years we have made some improvements, such as the new cafe building and toilet block, new boat house and improved pathways. Going forward we want to take a fresh look at the park as a whole, working closely with the park community, to make sure it meets the needs for both visitors and wildlife.” 

Some of the areas for possible improvement that the council is keen to hear from park users about include:

  • Better education for visitors about wildlife and their habitats
  • Making the park accessible for all
  • Improved signage to get around the park
  • Installing more benches
  • Improving picnic areas
  • Developing activities and events around health and wellbeing
  • Additional features around the park such as sculptures
  • Further improvements to the play area.

Other key priorities for the Aquadrome include promoting biodiversity, managing flooding, enhancing the overall identity of the site, maintaining a strong relationship with the park community and making better use of the area around the café. 

Once the plan is drawn up and agreed, external funding will be sought to enable the plan to be delivered. 

The action plan is being produced by the Countryside Management Service, part of Hertfordshire County Council’s Countryside and Rights of Way Service, on behalf of and in partnership with Three Rivers District Council.

The closing date for comments is 3 October. For more information visit: https://www.threerivers.gov.uk/egcl-page/consultations