Bryngarw Park helps children discover play on National Play Day
09 August 2016
A group of children and young people with disabilities from Bridgend County Borough have celebrated National Play Day with a visit to Bryngarw Country Park where recent improvements have made the park more accessible.
Staff from Bridgend County Borough Council’s ‘Discovery Days’ programme, which provides play and social opportunities, held play activities and a barbeque for the children who enjoyed using the park’s new inclusive playground facilities.
Within the play area, a new accessible roundabout allows room for a wheelchair and provides an area for disabled and non-disabled children to play together.
Other accessibility improvements include a new route from the main car park to make it easier for people with disabilities to use the park’s facilities, new accessible parking bays in the main car park and a new ramp and tarmac path leading up to the playground.
The work, which was funded by Bridgend County Borough Council with support from Welsh Government, also included erecting more benches along the route as resting points.
In October 2015, BCBC entered into a partnership with Awen Cultural Trust to run a range of cultural services and venues across Bridgend County Borough, including Bryngarw Country Park.
Awen Cultural Trust plans to continue to make improvements to Bryngarw Country Park to make its facilities more wheelchair-friendly.
Providing accessible outdoor space and play opportunities is high on the council’s agenda, with Wales being the first country in the world to establish a play sufficiency duty for all local authorities.
Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Services and Equalities, Councillor Hailey Townsend, said: “We are really pleased that the completed improvements will make Bryngarw Country Park more accessible for disabled people and provide more inclusive play opportunities for disabled children to play with their friends and siblings.
“We recognise the benefits that play can have in helping children and young people to live healthy and active lives, and we are currently supporting an exciting programme of summer holiday activities for children and young people across the county borough in partnership with Town and Community Councils.
“In addition to the holiday programmes, we want to promote playgrounds and open spaces as part of the local play plan, and Bryngarw Country Park has become our first partner to establish a ‘play priority area’ to promote good quality places to play.
“We hope that other partners will follow suit and work with us to make play a priority throughout our communities.”
Chief Executive of Awen, Richard Hughes, said: “We are working hard to make sure that Bryngarw Country Park is as accessible as possible to our 200,000 visitors each year.
“Our volunteer group at Bryngarw has recently been awarded a Tesco Bags of Help grant to improve the access to the Woodland Garden and orchard, which will open up these areas of the park to visitors with limited mobility. This work will get underway later this summer.”
To find out more about events and things to do around Bryngarw House and County Park, visit www.bryngarwhouse.co.uk
For further information on play opportunities and things to do in your local area please contact the council’s Play Development Team on 01656 642725.