Swansea's Cwmdonkin Park to shut for £1.4m upgrade to celebrate poet Dylan Thomas
CWMDONKIN Park will be closed for three weeks next month to allow major refurbishment works at the attraction to continue.
A £1.39 million upgrade is ongoing at the park to make sure it's in top shape in readiness for the 100th anniversary of Dylan Thomas's birth in 2014.
The world-famous poet grew up in sight of the park on Cwmdonkin Drive. It was a source of inspiration for the young Dylan and even featured in his poem, The Hunchback In The Park.
Works nearing completion at the park include the refurbishment of the pavilion. Ongoing works include the installation of a new play area complete with facilities like a zip wire, toddler swings and a playhouse.
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However, the next phase of work will see footpaths across the park upgraded, which means the park will have to be closed from Monday, November 12, for about three weeks.
The refurbishment 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 to the scheme.
Councillor Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "The refurbishment of Cwmdonkin Park is an important project as we head towards the centenary of Dylan's birth in 2014.
"The completion of the project will lead to an attraction that not only celebrates Dylan's life but also gives visitors a far more pleasant and enjoyable experience.
"But the nature of the footpath upgrades means the park will have to close for a few weeks, so I'd ask regular visitors to bear with us throughout this phase of the refurbishment project.
"We expect the park to reopen at the start of December when contractors will then continue with the remainder of the upgrade."
Other aspects of the overall scheme include a focal seating area with engravings of Dylan's work, the restoration of the Dylan Thomas drinking fountain and the refurbishment of memorial benches. The Dylan Thomas shelter is also being upgraded.
Weather-permitting, major works on site are scheduled to be complete by the spring although planting is likely to continue until next October.
The project follows comprehensive consultation with the local community and volunteers from the Friends of Cwmdonkin Park and the Dylan Thomas Society.