The new playground will have a ripple design, ironically leaning into the park’s tendency to flood with water. Image: Cardiff Council.

Flooded playground gets watery makeover in time for summer

The playground closed prior to the pandemic due to flooding, but is now getting a new lease of life

A CARDIFF playground is getting a water-themed refurbishment over three years after flooding problems forced it to close.

The park on Drovers Way in Radyr has not been open since before the pandemic, with Cardiff Council struggling to secure the funds and resources to repair the drainage.

The Cardiffian spoke to parents and councillors about the new park.

“I am delighted – it’s nice to see something actually happening,” said Dr Radha Nair-Jones, 46, a mother of two who lives near the park.

Another local mother, Helene Hughes, 40, said: “We are very excited for the new park. We hope nothing prevents or delays the works.”

To some residents’ amusement, the council seems to have leaned into the area’s reputation for flooding with a water-themed design.

The play area will include swings, a carousel, spinners, a slide, spring toys and a bouncing mat.

Helen Lloyd-Jones, councillor for Radyr and Morganstown, said: “Everybody’s just so thrilled and excited that at last there’s progress, and I’m looking forward to bringing my grandchildren here.”

Jennifer Burke, Cardiff Council’s cabinet member for culture, parks and events commented: “I’m delighted that we’re able to reveal our plans to bring the Drovers Way play area back into use.”