Green Spaces - FAQs

Printer-friendly page

Am I allowed to go on to the frozen surface of the lakes at Verulaium Park?

The Council's advice to members of public is not to go onto the frozen surface of the lakes or for that matter any body of water, as the ice is very unstable and could disintegrate at any time without warning.

Back to the top

Can I feed the ducks and swans on the Lake in Verulamium Park?

No. In places where waterfowl are fed by members of the public they can be found to suffer from poor nutrition. There may also be some birds who suffer from Angel Wing, this is a condition often caused by a high intake of protein and carbohydrates and a lack of essential nutrients such as calcium and vitamin E. We are therefore not encouraging members of the public to feed the waterfowl as it can have a detrimental effect on their health.

Back to the top

Can I have a pedestrian or vehicular access gate from my property onto Council owned land such as a park or a green space?

Formal consent is required to create access points from private property onto Council owned land. Each in individual case is considered on its own merits.

If you wish to make an application please contact the Property and Asset Management team on 01727 819516 or by email to

Back to the top

Can I organise an event or group activities in a Park or Green Spaces managed by the Council?

The council encourage members of the public to hold events and organise group activities within Parks and Green Space that it manages.

If you are planning or organizing an event or would like to run group actives you should contact the Council to discuss your plans as consent and or a license may be required

Please contact the Parks and Green Spaces team.

Back to the top

Can I install a gazebo in a Park or Green Space managed by St Albans City and District Council?

Because of the unpredictability of the weather, the Council does not feel that it is appropriate for members of the public to erect gazebos on its Parks or Green Spaces. This is because if a gazebo were not secured to the ground correctly it could blow away causing injury.

Back to the top

Can I place dog waste bags into a standard litter bin?


Locate a litter or dog waste bin.

Back to the top

Can I sail my model boat on the Verulamium Park lakes?

Members of the public may sail model boats on the smaller of the two lakes which is known as the Boating Lake.  The use on model boats on the larger of the two lakes in not permitted at any time.

Back to the top

How do I report damaged, faulty or vandalised play equipment?

All of the Play Area owned and operated by St Albans City and District Council are inspected on a weekly basis by a trained inspector.  In addition the play area are visited each day by John O'Conner.  During this visit litter bin will be emptied, litter collected and anything that could be dangerous is removed.

If you discover any vandalism or damaged play area equipment please report it to the Parks and Green Spaces team on 01727 819366 as soon as possible. you can also report this directly to John O'Conner on 0800 345 7405.

Back to the top

How do I report a problem or fault?

Contact us online via the MyStAlbans portalStart
By Telephone01727 819366

Back to the top

Is camping permited in the Parks and Green Spaces managed by the Council

No, Camping is not permitted in any of the Parks and Green Spaces that are managed by St Albans City and District Council.

Back to the top

Lost and found in Verulamium Park

If you have lost something while visiting Verulamium Park please contact the Verulamium Museum on 01727 751810

There are also a number of facilities located within the Park and these operate their own lost and found systems.

Westminster Lodge Leisure Center - 01727 736080

Abbey View Golf and Track -01727 868227

Inn on the Park - 01727 838246

Back to the top

Splash Park – Why is water constantly spraying out of the jets

The facility is open daily from 10am to 6pm, May to September even when it's raining. The recirculated water is filtered and treated with chlorine to ensure that it is clean and safe. The water flow is automated to ensure that the outlets are flushed and the water treated in accordance with pool health and safety recommendations and guidance. We cannot therefore simply turn the system off when it is not in use as this would compromise the filtration process that keeps the water clean and safe.

At the end of each season the system is turned off, the water is drained, and the water jets removed for the winter. The Splash Park is then re-commissioned in April in preparation for its opening in May.

Back to the top

Were can I find a dog waste bin?

There are dog waste bins located in many of the Parks and Green Spaces managed by the Council.  The Council provides a mapping systems called the Local Information Service,  this can be used to locate litter and dog waste bin bins. just click on the Grounds Maintenance Contract layer.

Dog Waste can also be placed in standard litter bins

Back to the top

What are the Opening Times for Clarence Park?

Clarence Park is open 365 days a year between dawn and dust.

More information about sunrise and sunset times

Back to the top

What are the opening times for the Toddlers Splash Park at Verulamium Park?

The Toddlers Splash Park will be open daily between May – September each year.  For specific dates please visit the Abbey View Golf and Track website

The The Toddlers Splash Park in Provided by St Albans City and District Council and Managed in Partnership with 1Life

Back to the top

What is the distance around the Lakes in Verulamium Park?

The distance around both the small and large lakes in Verulamium Park is approximately 1189 meters.

The large lake is 1056 meters and the small lake is 236 meters approximately.

Back to the top

Where am I permitted to cycle in Verulamium Park?

Cycling is only permitted on certain paths within the park.

View or download a map showing the permitted Cycling Routes, cyclist are required to dismount on all paths other then on the permitted routes.

Back to the top
Date of last review: 16 April 2018