Work started this week on an £85,000 project to provide new play facilities and a wheeled play area at Tenby’s Jubilee Park.
Last year Pembrokeshire County Council removed children’s play equipment at the Jubilee Park on health and safety grounds.
With no County Council funding available for replacement equipment, a group of concerned parents, grandparents and youth workers set up the Friends of the Jubilee Park to raise money to reinstate the play facilities.
There have been calls for a skate facility in Tenby for many years and the removal of the equipment at the Jubilee meant that there was now land available to create a small park
The Friends, along with Tenby Town Council devised a scheme which combines a range of play equipment for seven to 12 year olds with a wheeled play facility for skateboarders, inline skaters and micros scooter and BMX users on the site.
The project, has been part funded by grants from Tenby Town Council Pembrokeshire County Council and Dyfed-Powys Police donations from local organisations and shops and fundraising initiatives by The Friends.
Although the Friends still have some £15,000 to find, Tenby Town Council have agreed to loan them any shortfall outstanding to enable the park to be open by June in time for the summer season.
The project has been designed, and is being constructed by Urban Recreation who moved on site on Monday.
The Friends and Tenby Town Council are also very grateful to Pembrokeshire County Council for assistance in ground preparation works for the project and to St. Mary’s Parochial Church Council for allowing Urban Recreation an area within the Rectory Car Park to service the site.