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Play area gets the thumbs up from pupils

Children in Grovesend have given a big thumbs up to a newly upgraded play area in the village.

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 as part of a major investment by Swansea Council.

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 £2million

The upgrade at Golden Grove Park is the first to be officially opened with pupils from Pengelli Primary School invited to attend as they helped to design it.

Headteacher Helen Talaat said: "Our pupils really enjoyed being involved in the design and they were so excited to attend the opening and are really pleased with the new area which is fantastic for the village."

The pupils were joined by Jo Joio, the Enjoy Swansea Bay mascot, who promotes enjoying everything Swansea has to offer.

Local contractors Morganstone and social housing group Pobl made financial contributions via a planning agreement around their development at Tyrisha Farm and the project has also been supported by the Friends of Golden Grove Park and Grovesend & Waungron Community Council. The work was completed by Dragon Play and Sports.

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.

"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.

Under the latest scheme, a total of 18 have already been identified and a programme of upgrades has been planned for completion in the next few months. A further 18 have also been included.

Andrew Stevens, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Business Improvement and Performance said: "I'm really pleased to see the new playground in Grovesend and delighted to see how much the pupils enjoyed themselves.

"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."