Heath Park Among 20 More Cardiff Play Areas To Re-open

Heath Park Among 20 More Cardiff Play Areas To Re-open

Saturday 16th Jan 2021


A further 20 children's play areas in Cardiff, including Heath Park, are to be re-opened. 50 sites across the city are already open.

Play areas are being opened on phased basis, following a safety first approach and with a view to ensuring that children across the city have some play provision in their local area as quickly as possible.

14 play areas will open from Saturday (1stAugust). They are:

Hamadryad Park(Butetown);Emerson Close(Caerau);Rhydlarfer(Creigiau and St Fagans);Wilson Road Toddler(Ely);Wilson Road Junior(Ely);Heath Park(Heath);Hailey Park Junior(Llandaff North);Hailey Park Toddler(Llandaff North);Bryn Glas Junior(Llanishen);Bryn Glas Toddler(Llanishen);Rumney Recreation Ground(Llanrumney);Despenser Gardens Junior(Riverside);Despenser Gardens Toddler(Riverside);Greenway Road(Rumney).

6 more play areas will open from Monday (3rdAugust). They are:

Britannia Park(Butetown);Heol y Barcud(Llanishen);Hammond Way(Penylan);Garth Newydd(Pentyrch);Horwood Close(Splott);Ironbridge Road(Whitchurch & Tongwynlais).

In line with Welsh Government guidance and health and safety legislation all sites have gone through a Covid-19 risk assessment and the equipment and safety surfaces have been inspected by a qualified playground inspector, prior to re-opening.

Changes have been made to some play areas to help maintain social distancing and minimise risk of transmitting Covid-19 - for example, some swing seats have been removed to ensure a 2 metre distance is maintained.

To help ensure safety, new signage has also been installed, asking families using the sites to:

Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Peter Bradbury, said: "We know that families are keen to enjoy these facilities again, but much as we're looking forward to children enjoying our play areas again, it's really important that they can do so safely.

"Our small team of qualified playground inspectors are working hard to risk assess, inspect, repair and replace equipment at our 116 facilities as quickly as possible, prior to them re-opening.

"Until then, difficult as I fully understand it can be, it's important for safety reasons that parents don't allow children to use any play areas which have not been officially opened.

"Families visiting play areas also need to take responsibility for keeping themselves and others safe, maintaining social distancing and making sure that hands are washed before and after their visit."

The 50 play areas which are already open are:

Adamscroft open space(Adamsdown);Adamsdown Square(Adamsdown); Belmont Walk (Butetown); Craiglee Drive(Butetown); Hodges Square(Butetown); Loudon Square(Butetown); Windsor Esplanade(Butetown);Emblem Close(Caerau);Heol Homfrey(Careau); Trelai Park(Caerau);Jubilee Park(Canton); Sanatorium Road - Toddler(Canton); Bute Park Play Trail(Cathays);Cogan Gardens(Cathays); Maindy Park(Cathays);Green Farm Road(Ely); Beechley Road(Fairwater); Chorley Close(Fairwater); Whitland Crescent(Fairwater);Maitland Park(Gabalfa);Maitland Road - agility area(Gabalfa); Sevenoaks Park(Grangetown); The Marl - Toddler(Grangetown); The Marl - Junior(Grangetown); Heol y Delyn(Lisvane);Mill Heath Drive(Lisvane); St Martin's Crescent - Toddler(Llanishen); St Martin's Crescent - Junior(Llanishen); Watkin's Square(Llanishen);Coed y Gores(Pentwyn); Chapelwood(Pentwyn); Parc Coed y Nant(Pentwyn);Waun Fach(Pentwyn);Garth Olwg(Pentyrch); Penuel Road(Pentyrch);Cyncoed Gardens(Penylan); Sovereign Chase(Penylan);Shelley Gardens(Plasnewydd); Butterfield Park(Pontprennau / St Mellons); Cwm Farm Junior(Radyr);Cym Farm Toddler(Radyr);Fisherhill Way(Radyr / Morganstown); Wyndham Street(Riverside); Beaufort Square(Splott); Splott Park(Splott);Tremorfa Park(Splott);Wilkinson Close(Splott); Heol Maes Eirwg(Trowbridge);Heritage Park(Trowbridge);Hollybush(Whitchurch & Tongwynlais)

More sites will be re-opened on Monday 10thAugust. Please follow us on Twitter @cardiffcouncil or on Facebook @cardiff.council1 for updates.