The Vale of Glamorgan Council is set to begin work on a £300,000 project to upgrade the play area and multi-use games area at Paget Road in Penarth.
A drop-in session was held recently to allow residents to view the plans and ask any questions of the team behind the project.
The upgraded play area will feature an area suitable for toddlers as well as equipment aimed at children aged up to 12 years. The new equipment will include a zip wire style track ride, a multi-use climbing unit and a variety of other pieces.
The new multi-use games area caters for a variety of sports such as football and basketball. The area will also feature lighting which will be on a timer from dusk until 9pm.
The footpath to the west of the play area will also be upgraded and moved away from the boundary fencing. The footpath from the eastern entrance will also be improved and will feature low level lights.
Jones Brothers (Henllan) Ltd have been appointed to undertake the work. Once the contractors are on site, the whole of the park will be closed for the duration of the works. It is expected that the work will take 16 weeks to complete so the park should reopen in early August.
This work is being undertaken as part of the North Penarth Open Space Improvement scheme, which will also see improvements made to The Dingle and Cogan Recreation Ground, while Plassey Square has already been upgraded.
The next project the team will undertake is to find a contractor who will upgrade the skate facilities at Cogan Recreation Ground. Part of this contract will be to work with the local community to develop the plans for the skate facility before it is built.
Cllr Gordon Kemp, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Leisure, said: “This exciting project with see a host of improvements made to Penarth’s Paget Road play area and is part of an ongoing programme of investment in such facilities across the Vale.
Cllr Jonathan Bird, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, said: “This work has been financed through Section 106 funding linked to the Penarth Heights development.
“As a Council we have an excellent track record of securing these payments and ensuring the local community benefits from construction projects by gaining improved facilities.”