Dylan Thomas' famous words to decorate revamped park
A CENTRAL seating area with engravings of internationally-famous work by Dylan Thomas is among the features of a development scheme at a Swansea park that will start this week.
Workers are now on site at Cwmdonkin Park as part of a £1.39 million project that will be finished by the end of the year in readiness for the 100th anniversary of the poet's birth in 2014.
The park is close to Cwmdonkin Drive where Thomas grew up. It was an important source of inspiration to the poet that featured most famously in his poem The Hunchback In The Park.
Uplands Councillor Neil Ronconi–Woollard said: "The work underway at Cwmdonkin Park is the starting pistol for the Dylan Thomas Centenary in 2014. It's an exciting time for Uplands and demonstrates our ambition as a Labour Council to celebrate Dylan's legacy."
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Swansea Council has appointed Andrew Scott Construction and Civil Engineering to lead the refurbishment scheme.
Other features will include a makeover of the Dylan Thomas shelter and the upgrade of the park pavilion.
The scheme is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and a Sustainable Tourism Convergence Funding grant. Swansea Council and the Friends of Cwmdonkin Park are also contributing.
Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "Nobody has done more to put Swansea on the map than Dylan Thomas. His work and legacy is known in all corners of the world and this is why it's important we celebrate his links with the city, especially at a time when the 100th anniversary of his birth is fast-approaching.
"We already have a permanent exhibition devoted to Dylan's life and work, a varied literature programme and an annual festival at the Dylan Thomas Centre, but the refurbishment of Cwmdonkin Park will help further mark his Swansea connections.
"We look forward to working with the Welsh Government and other partners on an exciting programme of events for 2014 that will make the most of this important milestone for our city."
New park furniture will also be introduced under the scheme and entrances, footpaths and toilets will be upgraded.
Improved signage will be put in place, water features will be added and more dog waste bins will be made available.
The project follows comprehensive consultation with the local community and volunteers from the Friends of Cwmdonkin Park and the Dylan Thomas Society.