Newport Council “lack the vision” to build a new Splash Play Park - while one by Weston Town Council makes a sizeable profit.
Claims have been made that Newport Council “lack the vision” to install a new Splash Play Area at Tredegar Park. The facility was closed in 2014 after
a series of technical faults and it remains in a derelict state.
In 2015, Newport Activist Michael Enea launched a campaign to reopen the Water Park. This included a sizeable petition with online campaign videos watched by over 30,000 people.
Pictured: Newport Conservative Activist Mike Enea
Mr Enea said “As a full-time dad to two kids, we often went for picnics at the old Splash Park. We have many happy memories, especially during the summer
of 2013. Pure love. It was attended by hundreds of families. Newport Council say they can’t afford to run a Splash Park, but it’s obvious they lack
the vision. It is possible to make such a facility operate cost-neutral.”
TREDEGAR PARK SPLASH PARK A SAD LOSS TO THE CITY
Pictured: Michael Enea's family enjoying the Tredegar Park Splash Park in its heyday
Mr Enea points to a FOI he submitted to Weston Super-Mare Town Council, which showed their Adventure Water Park cost £29,875 to run during 2017/18. However
£42,862.80 was raised by charging a £2 entry fee, along with £9,500 income from a refreshments kiosk. 21,432 paying customers visited the Weston Splash
Park and Mr Enea believes 10,000+ would feasibly visit one in Newport (or 384 a week over 6 months).
In April 2018, Councils across Wales received £1.7m from the Welsh Government to expand and improve play opportunities for children and young people. Part
of the funding included the development of a Splash Park at Parc Brynbach in Tredegar.
Newport Conservative Group Leader Cllr Matthew Evans said “A reputable firm could be found to install a Splash Play Area with a service agreement put in
place. Initial funding could be sought from the Welsh Government. A small refreshments kiosk could be built at the entrance. Funds could be raised
from an admission fee, kiosk sales and ground rent from bouncy castles etc. It’s worth exploring the idea.”
Newport Resident Louise Smith recently set up a new petition, which has been signed by over 1300 people. Ms Smith said “The Council should at least conduct
research and look at Ynysangharad Lido in Pontypridd, Victoria Park in Cardiff, Blackpill Park in Swansea and Weston’s Adventure Park. Over the years,
Newport has seen the loss of lido’s at Beechwood, Tredegar Park and Bulmore. Our children really deserve more.”
The petition on change.orgis here:- https://www.change.org/p/councillor-malcolm-linton-make-newport-council-see-that-tredegar-park-needs-saving-we-want-the-park-great-again
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