We have been asked about the changes being made in the park. so we thought it worthwhile including the details of the press release made by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2010, so that you can read them for yourself.
Cwmdonkin Park in Swansea, the childhood park of Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, is set to undergo major redevelopment work thanks to an £820,000* investment by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced today.
Opened in 1874, the Grade II listed Cwmdonkin Park is one of Wales’ oldest public parks and plays a significant role in the surrounding community. Made famous by Dylan Thomas who once described it as ‘a world within the world of the sea town’, the park is located within Ffynone Conservation Area and forms part of the Dylan Thomas trail. It attracts many thousands of visitors every year.
The City and County of Swansea will use the HLF grant to help restore the park's Victorian character including the Bowls Pavilion and unique cockleshell path and other historic features. The project will also focus on increasing interpretation of its links with Dylan Thomas and improving facilities to establish it as a tourism destination for the city. The aim is to complete work in time for the centenary of the poet’s birth in October 2014.
The continued involvement of community groups and committed volunteers, in particular the Friends of Cwmdonkin Park and the Dylan Thomas Society, is vital to the success of the project. More volunteers are needed and local people are being asked to get involved and support the Friends.
All volunteers will be given training on a range of skills from wildlife identification to events organisation and IT, and will help run guided walks, poetry and writing sessions as well as contributing to conservation and gardening work.
The project will also fund the employment of a seasonal park keeper to ensure the future management and maintenance of the park. Primary and secondary school packs will be created to help schools get the most out of their visit to the park with research and activity guides.
Dan Clayton-Jones, Chair of HLF in Wales, said: “Today’s investment is a great way to end the year and will provide Cwmdonkin with much-needed financial support. This local park is a vital resource for surrounding communities and can often be people’s only available green space for recreation and leisure. We are absolutely committed to supporting historic parks and this award brings our total investment across Wales to well over £25 million.”
Cllr Graham Thomas, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Recreation and Tourism, said:
“Dylan Thomas is Swansea’s most famous son and Cwmdonkin Park is one of the locations in the city that’s synonymous with the poet. It’s therefore very fitting that plans are in place to revamp the park in time for the 100th anniversary of his birth and I’m delighted we’ve received such a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help us realise our goal. “The revamp will not only commemorate a man who put Swansea on the world stage but it will also give the people of Swansea an enhanced environment for recreation and relaxation.”
For details of the original press release, please visit the Heritage Lottery Fund Web Page