Opening of Primrose Park

Swansea Labour behind inspiration for new park upgrade

The newly upgraded Primrose Park playground has been officially opened by Council leader Rob Stewart.

The project had all begun with a meeting set up by Llansamlet Cllr Penny Matthews in the local community centre to see if anyone was interested in setting up a Friends Group.

The result is around £250,000 worth of investment to rejuvenate the Park for the whole community.

The City and County match funded the application for the play area and subsequent grants were match funded by local members.

The playground at Bethel Road Llansamlet had been in a poor condition but the project has seen the installation of new equipment that caters for pre-school and older children.

New apparatus includes a climbing wall and monkey bars, Spacenet climbing frame and crawl tunnels, as well as slides and swings.

Council leader Rob Stewart with Adil Pirmohamned from The Friends of the Park

Council leader Rob Stewart with Adil Pirmohamed from The Friends of the Park

Community involvement was initiated by Cllr Matthews following a public meeting in 2016, which sparked the idea of Friends of Primrose Park Group.

“This would not have been possible without the Grant Funding that was achieved by Adil Pirmohamed,” said Cllr Matthews. “This has been two years of meetings and planning through the worst of the winter sat in a draughty Council Hut in Primrose Park.

“Every one of the Friends Group has been consulted on every aspect of the development, and we worked with the Parks Team under Ceri Davies to achieve what we now are proud to call a play area fit for purpose.”

Adil Pirmohamed, from the Friends of Primrose Park, said: “We are delighted to officially open our new playground, which has created a safe place for children to have fun, learn and enjoy their spare time, and the usage we have seen so far has reflected the need.

“The story has come full circle really because I used to play in the park when I was younger and now my child plays there.

“The playground addresses the needs of the local community and the facilities are free to use. The park is a fantastic focal point for all the members of the community to meet and create special family moments and forge friendships.”

CCTV Cameras have been installed covering the park 24 hours a day.

The Friends now have a summer event planned for Saturday, July 28th from 12 until 4 pm.

Adil has secured other grants that will ensure a MUGA and a double Zip Wire  as well as a walking trail, and the preparatory work for all that will start later in the year.

 

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