Weʼre raising £20,000 to create a new children's play area at Pontyberem Community Park, including an area for younger children and toddlers.
- Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire, Wales, United Kingdom
- Children and youth
- Time left
- 14 days to go
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Ponyberem is a small former mining community. The decline in the coal industry in the late 1980's has had a significant impact on subsequent generations; the community is an area of deprivation with few amenities for its' children and young people. During the valleys' industrial era the park was a central to the village and surrounding areas and to the community as a whole. The County Council decided that it had to close the park as it could no longer afford the associated maintenance and running costs.
The local community decided to take on the responsibility for the park, and in 2016 the park was transferred to the community ensuring that the park gates remain open.
The community park has suffered from lack of investment over the years, and is in a run down condition, requiring substantial work and investment. There is also in desperate need of new equipment for the children's play area where play equipment and facilities are sparse, and there are none specifically for toddlers, younger children and children with disabilities. The equipment that is there, is in a generally poor condition and is in urgent need of upgrading and/or replacement.
The aim is to provide an attractive, safe and modern play area as an alternative to video games and a sedentary lifestyle.
The priority is to ensure that children of the village have a playground which they can enjoy, spend time playing safely outdoors whilst developing in confidence and improving in health and wellbeing. Also ensuring that the children in the village and surrounding areas who have disabilities can join in with their friends in the park and be included in play. The village is 9 miles from nearest towns and other facilities, therefore, the importance of local amenities for local children is vital for the health and wellbeing of current and future generations.
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Nov 15, 2016
Everyone should have somewhere cool to play.
Nov 11, 2016
I'm SO disappointed to see the playground is more poorly equipped NOW than it ever was when my children played there when young, they're now in their mid-30's! I still live here but am housebound.
Nov 10, 2016
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Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Pontyberem Community Park Association was established following the transfer of Pontyberem Park to the local community at the request of the people as the park was under threat of closure. However, under investment has left the play area woefully inadequate and in disrepair.