Cardiff park set to have major transformation with table tennis table, gym equipment and meadow

-Credit: (Image: South Wales Echo)
-Credit: (Image: South Wales Echo)

Significant improvements will be made to a park in Cardiff including a new community garden, table tennis and an exercise area. Cardiff Council have announced that work will begin to improve the park in Riverside next month.

Clare Gardens, near Cardiff's city centre, will benefit from investment as part of £6m in improvements made to play areas and outdoor spaces across the city. The new developments are designed to compliment the facilities available at the nearby Despenser Gardens.
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Cabinet member for culture, parks and events, councillor Jennifer Burke, said: "We want everybody to be able to enjoy Cardiff's parks and Riverside is the latest area to benefit from investment, with in the region of £6 million of improvements made to play areas and outdoor spaces across the city, over the last three years."

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Plans were confirmed after consultations with local members and the local community and the developments will begin in June. The park will be closed during the improvements which are expected to be completed in September. The works include:

  • A new community garden

  • A new table tennis table

  • New picnic tables

  • A new bodyweight/calisthenics exercise area

  • A new social space with seating

  • Re-surfaced paths and walking loop

  • New meadow area and other new planting

  • Two new gate entrances, one on each corner of Clare Street

  • New tree planting and existing mature trees retained

The planned improvements for the park -Credit:Cardiff Council
The planned improvements for the park -Credit:Cardiff Council

As part of the scheme, Despenser Gardens will also see an update through HM Prison & Probation Service's Community Payback programme where offenders will be painting the railings. Robert Robbins, community payback operations manager for the Probation Service, said: "The Community Payback Team in Cardiff Probation Service Wales, is proud to be carrying out meaningful and positive restoration work at Despenser Gardens, Riverside. In collaboration with Cardiff Council, offenders are paying back their debts by helping to improve green outdoor spaces within the city for the local communities to enjoy."