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£500,000 investment in children's play areas announced

Just weeks after the hugely-successful opening of the fantastic Lido Play adventure playground in Pontypridd’s Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Council Leader, Cllr Andrew Morgan has confirmed a further half a million pounds is to be invested in children’s play areas across the county borough, in line with the agreed budget set for this year.

Cllr Andrew Morgan said: “We are committed to investing where it is needed most in response to public demand and to ensure we deliver on our commitments and this is why, despite continued cuts to public sector funding, we continue to invest in areas such as Highways and 21st Century Schools.

“Our play areas will now be the next to benefit from investment with half a million pounds set to be spent on improving the facilities on offer at a number of play areas across the County Borough.

“The recently completed Lido Play has already attracted hundreds of families demonstrating just how much residents value and appreciate having access to good quality play areas.

“The planned investment of half a million pounds will result in a number of improved play areas in Rhondda Cynon Taf which families across the County Borough will be able to enjoy the benefits of.”

Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, added: “Being able to play in a safe and attractive location is not only something every child deserves, it is a right set out to them in our Play Sufficiency Assessment.

“We all know that healthy fun outdoors is an essential part of growing up, providing exercise and activities, boosting social opportunities and providing our younger residents with the chance to have a space in which they can play and have a great time.

“The confirmation of investment to improve and regenerate some of our key play areas is great news for all.”

Cllr Morgan and Cllr Crimmings visited the recently-refurbished Pontyclun playground, which opened in April of this year as a result of investment secured by the Council last year.

As well as funding identified and earmarked from Council budgets for playgrounds, the Council will also continue to innovatively and proactively seek additional, external funding opportunities, such as section 106 funding arrangements via the planning process, to secure further investment in playgrounds.

The confirmed list of venues to be improved under the £500k scheme include:

  • Forest Houses in Cwm Clydach
  • Brynteg in Trealaw
  •  Ynyshir
  • Darran Park in Ferndale
  • Welfare Park in Hirwaun
  • Aberdare Park
  • Dan Y Cribin in Ynysybwl
  • Abercynon Sports Centre
  • Cilfynydd
  •  Llanharry
  • Mount Pleasant in Beddau
  • Taff’s Well Park
  • Ynysangharad War Memorial Park