West Herts Sports Club Embark on £2M Makeover
This week work began on an ambitious Development Plan at West Herts Sports Club after three years of negotiating Planning regulations.
This is being financed by the sale of a small plot of land for housing development on the edge of the Park Avenue ground which has not been used for sporting purposes in living memory. Cricket was first played at Park Avenue in 1892 and the ground was shared with Watford Football Club until 1922 when the footballers made the move to their current home in Vicarage Road.
West Herts Sports Club was then formed under the rules of a “Trust Fund” which “ensured the ground was used for sporting purposes in perpetuity for the good folks of Watford”. Since then Cricket, Football, Squash, Rugby Union, Hockey and Tennis have been played at various times at the West Watford Club. As a result of the cash injection the Club has been able to embark on a Development Plan which will improve the sporting experience for members of the local community hopefully in time for its anniversary in 2022.
Of particular benefit to the Cricket Club will be:
1) State of the Art Hybrid Cricket wicket.
2) New nets to replace existing ones which are in disrepair.
3) Pop up sprinkler system for the square.
4) Pavilion upgrade with viewing balcony.
5) Floodlit Multi Use Games Area.
6) New ground maintenance equipment