“Investing in Cyfarthfa Park is part of the vision for our Valleys”

Dawn Bowden AM has welcomed the announcement of £6.6 million being invested by the Welsh Government in 11 Valleys parks and museums including £700,000 of funding for Cyfarthfa park, Merthyr Tydfil.

First Minister Mark Drakeford and Deputy Minister Lee Water are announcing the investment today and the First Minister said “Discovery Gateways have a great opportunity to tell the stories of the Valleys and encourage local people and visitors to explore the surrounding areas, including towns and villages, and the wider landscape”.

Deputy Minister Lee Waters said “Today’s announcement which includes two additional Discovery Gateway sites in Cefn Coed Mining Museum and Parc Penallta, provide an exciting opportunity to develop new facilities that fully reflects our ambitions for the Valleys Regional Park”.

Dawn Bowden AM for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney said “I of course warmly welcome the £700,000 of investment to be made in Cyfarthfa park, but the other very important part of this announcement is that it provides a package of investment across our Valleys communities. This announcement is about turning a vision in to a practical reality. In the case of Cyfarthfa park I hope it is one part of putting together the larger package of investment that can see the park become an even more important destination for the town, and the wider region. As a member of the Valleys Taskforce I am pleased that we have been able to support the Welsh Government in making this important announcement. Investing in Cyfarthfa park is one part of the vision for our Valleys”

For Cyfarthfa park, the proposal focuses on the development of the Canolfan. There are plans to develop facilities to provide food and catering facilities for visitors and a base for community activities. The aim of the project is to see the interior of the building remodelled as a cafe with full kitchen, food preparation, storage, counter and seating areas that serve all audiences across the Cyfarthfa site. In addition the proposal includes the play facilities and includes the creation of a new toilet and changing provision adjacent to the splash pad.

The Valleys Action Plan and Taskforce was created after the elections to the National Assembly of 2016. The Taskforce brings a focus to the work of regenerating our Valleys communities and the idea of ‘Gateways’ to a Valleys Regional park is to increase visitor numbers, improve the local environment and invest in facilities for local people.

Other sites nearby include Parc Penallta, Parc Brynbach, Dare valley, Ynysangharad war memorial park and Blaenavon world heritage centre. Across the wider valleys the investments include Bryngarw country park, Parc Slip, Caerphilly castle, Cwmcarn forest drive and Cefn Coed mining museum.

Dawn Bowden AM said “A lot of Welsh Government money is being invested in the future of our environment and in recognising the benefits it brings to the local community and visitors alike. We know about the success of Garwnant, we are seeing progress in managing the Merthyr and Gelligaer commons and hopefully we will see more investment in the Taff Bargoed catchment area. All good news for the environment, and for Merthyr tydfil and Rhymney.

You can read more about the work of the Taskforce here 

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