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50 years of districts: boosting physical activity from childhood to adulthood

Published: 22 May 2024

A skatepark which is boosting physical activity among users ranging from the youngest children to adults is the latest project featured in DCN’s video series celebrating 50 years of district councils.

Oxhey Activity Park, which is commissioned and managed by Watford Borough Council, was built using sustainable materials on a brownfield site and has gone on to gain national recognition.

You can watch Watford’s video here.

Chris Taylor, chief executive of Freestyle Skateparks, said: “What we’ve built is something which should take the youngest participant from the playground through skate lessons or balance bike lessons and it should really keep their active lifestyle going.

“Along the way we are serving Olympic hopefuls – it’s here for everyone, it should cater for everyone and it should be a real success.”

Peter Taylor, Watford’s mayor, said: “Watford Council is committed to making sure that we have the best possible services that are accessible for all of our residents.”

The activity park, which opened in 2021, won a landscape design award at the Building Futures Awards

Watford’s video will be shown to MPs and peers at DCN’s reception commemorating districts’ 50th birthday on 5 June, alongside other videos including those showing Pendle Borough Council’s regeneration of Colne town centre and Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s work on constructing a new garden town.

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