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Morriston needs your help for town park improvements

Ongoing plans to transform Morriston Park into a top class urban beauty spot could soon take another step forward.

Morriston Park

The Friends of Morriston Park, re-launched earlier this year, are applying to the Aviva Community Fund for financial help to support a project aimed at improving access to the park's play area.

The application, now live on the Aviva Community Fund website, needs as many public votes as possible to be approved. If the application is successful, then a new, wheelchair accessible pathway to the play area would be introduced, as well as flower beds, plants, shrubs, picnic benches and an arched entrance. 

The plans would build on work to improve the park in the area of the war memorial, where fallen local soldiers from both World Wars are honoured.

Funded by Swansea Council's Morriston ward members through their community allowances, improvements by the park's war memorial have included the clearance of vegetation and the planting of flowers.

Steffan Phillips, Chairman of the Friends of Morriston Park, said: "We have a determined group of local people who are committed to making our vision for the park a success, by continuing to work in close partnership with Swansea Council. This is why we've established special interest groups that all of our friends can join, depending on their particular areas of interest, knowledge and skills. 

"When Morriston Park first opened in 1912, it was the largest park in Swansea, with many people flocking there from all parts of the city as well as from further afield. We want to make Morriston, once again, a flagship urban park and major tourist attraction in Swansea. Our vision for Morriston Park is bold, exciting and ambitious, but it's also realistic

"The changes we want to make have the potential to bring people of all ages and backgrounds into the park who currently cannot or do not use it."  

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "Like many other friends' groups across Swansea, the Friends of Morriston Park are doing a great job in transforming their local park for the benefit of the community as a whole. This is a great example of what can be achieved when local communities work in partnership with the council.

"But the Friends of Morriston Park need as many votes as possible to make sure their application to Aviva's Community Fund to improve access to the park's play area is successful. I'd urge everyone in Morriston, and across the city as a whole, to vote for this project so the friends' group get the funding both they and the nearby community so richly deserve."

Head to www.aviva.co.uk/good-thinking/community-fund to vote for the Morriston Park project.


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