Play area funding welcome from community
Funding for a new play area in Mayhill has been warmly welcomed by the community.
Mayhill Park, along with many others across Swansea, will benefit from a £2m investment in play facilities from Swansea Council.
A Friends Group was set-up in Mayhill by the community and has been working with councillors and officers to deliver the project, with work to start later this year.
Group founder Joe Clutton said: "This is will be really well used and the big thing is the children are being involved in the design and what goes there.
"Since we started we've had a lot of support from the council and the councillors, setting up the group and how to run it.
"It got side-tracked a bit by Covid but now people families are looking forward to seeing it built."
Local Area Coordinator Bethan McGregor added: "Having supported the Friends of Mayhill Park since they started and having attended their events, I know how much the community want a new and safe play area for their children and young people."
The play area is just part of a raft of investments in sports and leisure facilities, roads, the environment and businesses in and around Mayhill.
The £2m play fund has already boosted other communities with plans to spend at least £36,000 in every ward in Swansea on upgraded or new facilities.
Children in Dunvant, Gowerton, Kingsbridge and Llanyrnewedd are getting a summertime bonus with improved play areas. Work has also been completed at Knoyle playground and Parc yr Helig playground.
Upgrades are continuing at places like Ravenhill Park, Parc Williams, Montana Park, Weig Fawr and St Thomas and usually take up to six weeks week to install with work being carried out by a range of contractors on behalf of the council.
Robert Francis Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: "During the pandemic local play area became a haven for young people and their parents needing exercise and fresh air in safe surroundings.
"Swansea Council was side-by-side with local residents helping to make that happen. Now we're emerging from the pandemic we want to encourage young people to carry on with their play habits - hence the play area investment."
The city is home to 86 playgrounds. An upgrade is starting shortly at the Singleton Boating Lake playground with others kicking-off later in the year in Morriston, Upper Killay Cwmbwrla as well as Mayhill.
Andrew Stevens, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Business Improvement and Performance said: "Every ward in Swansea will gain from play area investment. We are working with ward members in each community to ensure the funding is directed towards play areas that need it."