Play­ground of­fers fun for all chil­dren

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­

A NEW play area for chil­dren of all ages is to open – and is set to be a fo­cal point for the whole com­mu­nity.

The Canol­fan Play Area will “soon open” in Cw­ma­man, of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of equip­ment for both small chil­dren and older users.

Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a multi-play area with a slide and swings, with both pod seats for young chil­dren and reg­u­lar seats for older chil­dren.

A new three-seat rock­ing see-saw has also been in­stalled, along with a round­about which is flush to the ground for easy wheelchair ac­cess.

For older users, the play area will also have a large climb­ing frame and a Su­per­nova ro­tat­ing disc which will pro­vide a “sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge” for users, as well as a bas­ket swing aerial run­way and other open spa­ces.

The area is also fit­ted with softer safety floor­ing.

It’s be­ing de­vel­oped along­side the area’s new £7.2m com­mu­nity pri­mary school, and is part of Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil’s in­vest­ment in play ar­eas – the lo­cal author­ity an­nounced ear­lier this year a fur­ther 34 play ar­eas are to be up­graded across RCT.

Coun­cil­lor Ann Crim­mings, cab­i­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment and leisure, said: “Out­door play is great for de­vel­op­ing chil­dren’s imag­i­na­tions and cre­ativ­ity as well as pro­mot­ing a healthy life­style, phys­i­cal, emo­tional and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, as well as the joys of the great out­doors.

“Our bright new play fa­cil­i­ties at Cw­ma­man will no doubt go on to in­spire phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and so­cial­i­sa­tion through the world of play.

“The works have also in­cluded im­por­tant im­prove­ments such as paths to make it eas­ier for pushchairs and wheel­chairs to nav­i­gate the fa­cil­ity.”

The open­ing also means the coun­cil’s in­vest­ment in play ar­eas has in­creased from £1.7m to £2.3m since 2015.

Coun Crim­mings said: “The speed in which our play area in­vest­ment con­tin­ues to be de­liv­ered is a great tes­ta­ment to both the con­trac­tors and our parks divi­sion. Only last year we iden­ti­fied play ar­eas in need of im­prove­ment, with a fur­ther 34 more added to the list ear­lier this year, mean­ing by the end of this year of 80 will have ben­e­fited from in­vest­ment. We are con­tin­u­ing to make our way around the county bor­ough at great pace.”

Coun­cil­lors Anita Calvert, Ann Crim­mings and Tina Wil­liams at the new play area for chil­dren of all ages in Cw­ma­man

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