Major clean-up operation to repair Swansea's Museum Park after Waterfront Winterland
A MAJOR clean-up operation will soon start to repair the land used for Swansea's Waterfront Winterland.
The city's Museum Park opposite the LC Leisure Centre and the National Waterfront Museum hosted the attraction which featured everything from crazy golf and ice skating to a big wheel.
More than 126,000 people flocked to enjoy festive fun over eight weeks at the site, with 35,973 people taking to the ice.
Workers will soon be on site to attend to the grass damaged during Waterfront Winterland.
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Swansea Council's parks team will assess the park and undertake reinstatement works as soon as weather conditions allow.
Work to repair the park from the previous year's event from 2011 going into 2012 set the local authority back £1,200.
The cost for this year's repair work will be dependent on the assessment of the parks team.
A Swansea Council spokesman said the likelihood of short-term damage to the grass is taken into account by the authority when planning for the Waterfront Winterland and reinstatement costs are built into the contract on an annual basis.
Museum Park is expected to be tidied up by the end of January, with the area re-seeded as required in readiness for early spring.
Frances Jenkins, Swansea Council's strategic manager for tourism, marketing and events, said: "With an event like Waterfront Winterland there's always a risk that there may be some short-term damage to the grass because of its size, the weather and the number of people it attracts.
"We take this into account when planning for the event and this is why reinstatement costs are built into the contract every year.
"Waterfront Winterland was again an outstanding success this festive season, attracting over 126,000 visitors despite the bad weather and difficult financial times for many people. "It makes a big contribution to the local economy every year, with many visitors spending money in local shops, restaurants and bars in the city centre and maritime quarter.
"Workers will soon be on site to assess the scale of the damage and tidy the area up.
"Weather permitting, we'll also start work as soon as we can to reinstate areas of grass that have been damaged."