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More play areas set to brighten up our parks

Four more communities across Swansea are to get new or refurbished children's play areas as part of a £2m package of investment by Swansea Council

Victoria Park - accessible swings, springs, multiplay.

This year each ward in Swansea is being given at least £36,000 to invest in new play equipment or to carry out repairs to existing facilities.

With further funding expected through existing planning agreements, local councillors using money from their environment budgets and other contributions the total investment during 2021 is expected to be more than £2m.

Upgrades have been earmarked for Penllergaer, Bishopston, Woodcote in Killay and Llangyfelach over the coming weeks that include a range of play equipment ranging from swings to trampolines to zipwires and slides.

The work comes as part of a pledge by Swansea Council to create or improve a number of play areas in our communities as the city emerges from the pandemic.

Ravenhill Park and Singleton Park Boating Lake are already works in progress with plans due to be unveiled shortly for Morriston, Mayhill, Cwmbwrla and Pennard.

Robert Francis Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: "Children's play areas are a key part of our communities, enabling young children to have fun and play in a safe environment.

"During the pandemic outdoor play areas became a haven for young children and their families to enjoy fresh air and exercise safely and Swansea Council was there to support communities.

 "The funding we have agreed as part of the budget will ensure that these play areas all across the city will be upgraded and give families with young children the opportunity to have fun and take part in healthy outdoor activities for years to come."

The city is home to 86 playgrounds where children can play safely and have fun. Some are in need of much needed upgrades while others have recently been installed as part of major developments such as new school builds.

Andrew Stevens, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Business Improvement and Performance said: "Every ward in Swansea will benefit from what we are doing and we will be working with local ward members in each community to ensure the funding is directed towards those play areas that will benefit from this additional investment."

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