WORK to refurbish three Cardiff play areas is scheduled to start by the end of the month and currently expected to be completed by May.
The play area at Grange Gardens in Grangetown is to get a full refurbishment, including the installation of inclusive new play equipment such as:
a ‘Stockholm’ unit featuring slides, rope bridges, and climbing frames; a cone climber; a playhouse and swings and wobble boards.
New fully permeable safety surfacing, designed to create the effect of fallen leaves from the large London Plane tree situated in the corner of the play area will also be installed, and this leaf theme will also feature in a new play trail at the site.
A second play area, at Caedelyn Park in Rhiwbina, is also to get a full refurbishment, and once work is completed, local children will be able to enjoy:
two multi-activity units with interactive games at ground level; a basket swing; a fully wheelchair accessible roundabout; a range of equipment for climbing, spinning and rocking on and new fully permeable safety surfacing.
The play area at Moorland Library Gardens, in Splott, is also scheduled for a refurbishment. New safety surfacing is being installed, landscaping works are being completed and improvements to the play equipment at the site will also take place.
Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Peter Bradbury said:
“Once completed, the fully upgraded play areas at Grange Gardens and Caedelyn Park will be fantastic new facilities for local families to visit, and children from Splott will also be able to enjoy improved play facilities.
“Inclusive, shared experiences are really valuable for children and I hope these refurbishments will encourage more children to enjoy the benefits of playing together outdoors.”
Grange Gardens and Caedelyn Park were both earmarked for investment in the 2020/21 financial year, prior to the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. A procurement exercise for refurbishments to be carried out began late last summer, however, during the temporary closure of all play areas under Welsh Government legislation, the sites deteriorated further and were unable to be re-opened after failing safety inspections.