CHILDREN who’ve been loving days out in Swansea’s Heol Las Park have had extra reasons to celebrate this summer thanks to the upgrade of the park’s play area.
It was officially-opened on Monday by Council Leader Rob Stewart at a special community event made memorable day by staging a mini-fete featuring lots of stalls, fun and games for children to enjoy.
The refurbishment is part of a Swansea-wide £2m-plus programme of youngsters’ play areas across the city that aims to fund schemes in more than 30 parks and play areas over the coming months.
The £120,000 Heol Las project was paid for from ward members’ budgets alongside a fund-raising effort locally by the Friends of Heol Las Park which has helped boost facilities children will be able to enjoy for years to come.
The play area at Heol Las features a 12m zipline, mini trampoline, swings for infants and older children and a range of other equipment to keep youngsters happy for hours on end.
Cllr Stewart said: “It is great to see all the changes an improvements that have happened at the park. The commitment of the community to helping make the project such a success is great because people will feel they have a real sense of ownership.
“During the pandemic the council made sure play areas were kept open for safe play for young children and they became an important safe haven for young families are a difficult time.
“Now we are continuing to stand side-by-side with our communities in the recovery, encouraging the spirit and togetherness that helped us all through the difficult times with these exciting new play areas.
“The council worked with ward members in the local community to make sure that equipment youngsters wanted was the equipment they’ve now got.
“It’s brilliant to see young people enjoying themselves so much today and it makes all the effort so worthwhile. I hope they’ll have fun in this space for years to come.”
Upgrade work has just started at Ravenhill Park and at the popular play area near Singleton Park’s Boating Lake. Work at both locations is expected to be completed in about six weeks.
So far upgrades at eight locations dotted around the city have been completed with plans in the pipeline for more in areas including Mayhill, Morriston, Bishopston and Cwmbwrla.
To find out more about all the playgrounds in your community, visit https://www.swansea.gov.uk/playgrounds