Posted: Thu 13th Jun 2024

Gwenfro Valley Adventure Playground celebrates completion of new Zipwire and facilities project for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

Gwenfro Valley Adventure Playground is celebrating the successful completion of its much-anticipated new toilet and zipwire rebuilding project.

The community came together on 11 June to celebrate this exciting development, with special guest Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Dunbobbin joining parents and children for the event.

The Gwenfro Valley new toilets has received £7482 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. As well as £9829 from the Welsh Government’s Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme (LDTCS), administered by WCVA.

The new facilities mark a significant improvement to the playground, enhancing both the convenience and enjoyment for children and adults utilising the sessions.

The zipwire has been a much loved feature of Gwenfro Valley for years and replacing is has been a long term project with the children excited to see it return to use.

New toilet facilities also ensure a more comfortable and accessible experience for everyone using the playground and the wider community.

Mr Dunbobbin commented: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the creation of the exciting new facilities at Gwenfro Valley Adventure Playground, including the Trustees, local residents and contractors.

“As Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales, I was delighted to be invited to attend and help inaugurate the new facilities.

“I know that the playground is already a much-valued amenity for the local community, and the new Zipwire and toilets will only help to further cement the playground’s importance for local children and their families.

“Projects across Wrexham will also ideally benefit from the Wrexham Town Board, which is being set-up and will hopefully be distributing funding in the city in due course.

“I look forward to seeing the playground and the new facilities at Gwenfro being used and enjoyed by residents even more in the months and years ahead.”

Helen Williams of Cadwyn Clwyd, added: “Cadwyn Clwyd and AVOW through the UK Shared prosperity fund are delighted to be able to provide funding to worthy groups within Wrexham and we wish Gwenfro Valley Adventure Playground every success in the future”.

Local parents expressed their gratitude for the improvements. Carly Braisdell, shared: “The new toilet facilities are a game-changer for us.

“It makes visiting the playground so much easier and more enjoyable. It is great to see the zipwire return – my kids absolutely love it!”

Gwenfro Valley Adventure Playground has long been a beloved community spot, open for over 17 years, providing a safe and engaging environment for children of all ages to play and explore.

With a range of play equipment and activities, it aims to foster creativity, physical activity, and community engagement among local families.

Organisers said that the completion of the new toilet and zipwire project is a testament to the community’s commitment to maintaining and improving this valuable resource.

Local charity Wrexham Youth and Play Partnership currently run Gwenfro Valley Adventure Playground.

Chair of the trustees, Mike Barclay, said of the projects: “Gwenfro Valley Adventure Playground is a much loved community space and means a great deal to local children and their families.

“However, securing funding for these sorts of community facilities is an ongoing challenge.

“It’s therefore great to have some good news to share and celebrate, especially given that today is the first ever International Day of Play!

“And here we have some fantastic examples of our staff and volunteers working hard to support children’s right to play.

The projects were made possible through the collaborative efforts of Welsh Government’s Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme (LDTCS), administered by WCVA, AVOW, Cadwyn Clwyd, UK Shared Prosperity Fund, Wrexham County Borough Council, Gwenfro Valley Parent Steering Group, and generous donors through Just Giving. Gwenfro Valley Adventure Playground extends its heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to making these projects a reality.

Information about Gwenfro Valley Adventure Playground and Wrexham Youth and Play Partnership can be found on the website

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