Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Most playgrounds across the borough are currently open. Please note that some facilities, such as public toilets, may not be open at all sites. Please adhere to the signs and instructions at playgrounds, and keep to the social-distancing guidelines.

Parks, play and open spaces

We provide and maintain many of the parks, open spaces and play areas across Dacorum. Our green assets, including parksplay areas, adventure playgrounds and nature conservation sites are a great place to relax and unwind. The variety on offer means that there is an ideal space for everyone to read a book, walk the dog or spend the day with the family.

Our Parks and Open Spaces team work with 'Friends' groups to improve the quality of our local parks and open spaces. This can include anything from developing new facilities such as skate parks, replanting roundabouts, planting flower and shrub beds and maintaining playgrounds. Last year 35,000 bulbs, 70,000 bedding plants and 2,000 perennials were planted in parks and open spaces across Dacorum. 

Canal Fields

Awards

Five of our parks have achieved the coveted Green Flag Award - a national standard of excellence for parks and green spaces.

A further two parks also have the accolade of Queen Elizabeth II Fields status:

We are also a network award finalist with Keep Britain Tidy for our Love Parks campaign, which featured a video of people enjoying a range of different hobbies in our parks during Love Parks Week 2017.

Parks and Open Spaces Byelaws consultation

Last year we held a public consultation (20 July 2020 to 30 September 2020) on our decision to adopt the Government’s Model byelaws in respect to our parks and open spaces. We hope this will ensure better management of our grounds.

Following the consultation, we applied to the Secretary of State, who has now given us authorisation to make the byelaws.

However, before the byelaws are formally adopted we are required to carry out a further consultation.

The  Draft Model Byelaws for pleasure grounds, public walks and open spaces (PDF 265KB) are unaltered from the earlier consultation. Please also view our  Statement of Assessment - Byelaws for pleasure grounds, public walks and open spaces (PDF 408KB). Hard copies of these documents are available to view at our offices in The Forum, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN during normal opening hours.

If you have any further views or comments, then please email them to byelaws@dacorum.gov.uk by 11.59pm on Friday 18 June 2021.

Strategies and plans

We work to a Green Space strategy to deliver improved public spaces within the borough and to help us protect our environment from the pressures of development. You can read the strategy on our green spaces page

In order for our parks to maintain their high standards it is important for the team to have management plans in place. For example:

Walking

There are a variety of walking routes available, catering for all abilities. The routes can be found on the Hertfordshire County Council website.

Policy on memorials in parks and open spaces

We support the needs and principles of allowing memorials in parks and on green space areas. For more information, read our  Policy on memorials (PDF 33KB) or telephone 01442 228000 and ask for 'Clean, Safe and Green'.

Warning signCoronavirus (COVID-19): Our Customer Service team is offering pre-booked appointments at the Forum in Hemel Hempstead for queries that cannot be dealt with over the telephone or online. To book, call 01442 228000. We continue to provide a full range of services online and via telephone. For council service updates and other advice, please see our COVID-19 page×