Meriden Community Centre recently officially unveiled its brand new play area, specifically designed for Pre-School and Key Stage 1 children, with the help of Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor.

The play area, which aims to promote recycling and the importance of looking after nature, is largely thanks to the financial support of the Veolia Trust. Further funders involved in the project include Awards For All, Tesco Bags of Help and Meriden Ward Councillor Kareen Hastrick.

The refurbishment of the play area was the third phase in Watford Football Club’s Community Sports and Education Trust’s (Watford FC’s CSE Trust) project to breathe new life in to the Meriden Estate and specifically the Community Centre. With both the previous phases successfully completed back in 2016 (a 3G artificial grass pitch and a complete refurbishment of the Centre itself), this provided the finishing touch to an outstanding hub for local people.

The play area was subject to a number of consultations with Watford Borough Council, Meriden Ward Councillors, Meriden Residents Association, Watford Housing Trust, Hertsmere Leisure, the Veolia Trust and the Green Canteen to ensure its community focus. The project has certainly achieved its goal, with young families and local children already making good use of this newest facility.

As the play area was officially unveiled Watford FC’s CSE Trust’s Head of Facilities Steve Williams led the tributes to a job well done in his ceremonial speech, before joining Mayor Peter Taylor, who had his two young children with him, for the ribbon cutting. Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said,

“Watford FC’s CSE Trust can be proud of the work they have done with the Meriden Community Centre, thanks to the support of local Meriden councillors and the Veolia Trust.”

In Watford, we are lucky to have so many fantastic parks and open spaces like this one for everyone in the town to enjoy.

As a father myself, it’s great to see another excellent open space for my children. My son and daughter certainly gave it the thumbs up!”