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Communities celebrate completion of play areas

More Swansea communities are celebrating following completion of new or refurbished children's play areas created as part of a £2m package of investment by Swansea Council.

Official openings of Knoyle Park in Penlan and Parc y Helig in Birchgrove took place this week with upgrades also completed at Heol Frank, Dunvant Park, Cwm Glas in Bonymaen and Llan yr Newydd, Penclawdd.

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 and new facilities take up to six weeks week to install and are being carried out by a range of contractors on behalf of the council.

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 and it follows the opening last month of the first one at Golden Grove Park.

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.

Andrew Stevens, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Business Improvement and Performance said: "As we emerge from the pandemic, Swansea Council is still there side-by-side with residents. We're working alongside ward members and local communities to roll out play areas in the coming months."

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