New wa­ter play area to re­place dis­used park pad­dling pool

Cynon Valley - - NEWS -

A NEW wa­ter play area is set to come to Aber­dare Park.

The plan to in­stall a splash play area at the site of the old pad­dling pool has been rec­om­mended for ap­proval by RCT Coun­cil plan­ning of­fi­cers.

The splash play equip­ment would fea­ture 13 dif­fer­ent types of ap­pa­ra­tus, with a to­tal of 16 in­stal­la­tions across the whole of the area.

Wa­ter sup­ply would come from the ex­ist­ing plant room to the east of the splash play area.

There have been calls for sim­i­lar splash play ar­eas to be in­stalled in other ar­eas of RCT. A pe­ti­tion, signed by more than 1,000 peo­ple, call­ing for one at Ynysang­harad Park in Pon­typridd, has been handed in to the coun­cil.

Aber­dare Park is a Grade II reg­is­tered his­toric park and gar­den which was partly laid out by gar­den de­signer Wil­liams Bar­ron.

The area of the park where the for­mer pad­dling pool is sited was added in the 1950s, and the pool al­tered to its cur­rent shape in the 1970s.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers say the plan would bring a re­dun­dant part of the park back into pro­duc­tive use with a new be­spoke wa­ter play fa­cil­ity.

Their re­port adds: “The scheme will im­prove the char­ac­ter, ap­pear­ance and util­ity of this cur­rently dis­used area of the park.

“The pro­posal would add to the at­trac­tions avail­able within the park, would be more in­clu­sive to all users, and would re­quire less main­te­nance and su­per­vi­sion than a tra­di­tional pad­dling pool.”

There have been no ob­jec­tions re­ceived by the coun­cil from the pub­lic. The plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee will meet to con­sider the ap­pli­ca­tion on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6.

SAM TEGELTIJA

The dor­mant pad­dling pool at Aber­dare Park

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