Penyrheol Councillors Andrew Stevens and Jan Curtice, along with Gorseinon town councillor Andrew Crowley, have welcomed the opening of a new state-of-the-art children’s playground in Penyrheol.
Cllr Stevens, who is also Mayor of Gorseinon, officially opened the playground on Wednesday at an event attended by pupils from Penyrheol Primary School who helped design the playground.
The new facility replaces an old, run down playground with one that is more open, safer and has brand new play equipment selected by the children – including a wheelchair friendly roundabout, a trampoline, a climbing net and a zip wire.
The park was funded with £80,000 via a S106 contribution from a nearby housing development, and Gorseinon Town Council contributed £14,000 in additional funds to upgrade the flooring and donate a picnic bench.
“I am absolutely thrilled to finally see opening of the new play area for Penyrheol and I was honoured to be the one opening it,” said Cllr Stevens. “The design that the pupils came up with is absolutely fantastic and the coloured flooring has set the standard. We now have a state of the art play area to accompany our state of the art 3G pitch and with the Skate Park only a stone’s throw away in Melyn Mynach, so I think you can say we are doing ok in Penyrheol.”
Cllrs Curtice and Stevens worked to get the park opened as soon as possible, and works are ongoing to complete the surrounding area ready for the summer. This will include installation of the zip line, a community notice board, and benches.
“I have to say a special thank you to the Council Parks department, especially Ceri Davies and Geoff Williams. They have been fantastic all the way through – and a huge thank you to Gorseinon Town Council for agreeing the additional funding we needed to upgrade to the coloured flooring,” said Cllr Stevens.
“The biggest thanks of all though has to go to the pupils at Penyrheol Primary school for coming up with such a fun and imaginative design. Without them it would not have been the park that it is.”
Alison Williams, head teacher at Penyrheol Primary, said that the children were delighted with the new facility.
“We are absolutely thrilled that the children of Penyrheol have the best park in Swansea,” she said. “It’s wonderful to see these deserving children getting something really special in their locality.”
Mark Bamford, parent governor at the school, added: “I love what’s happened here – the children’s involvement in the design aspect cements that this is something for the school and the community.”
Cllr Curtice said: “It’s wonderful to have this facility here – and the Town Council have given the playground a wonderful colourful floor. We hope to fund picnic benches and other additions in the near future.”
Gorseinon town councillor Andrew Crowley said: “I am so proud that the Labour-led Gorseinon Town Council has invested in Penyrheol Park. There are so many young families in the area that will benefit from us putting the community’s needs first.”
The councilors are now in the process of setting up a community group for the area, to encourage people to take pride in the playground.