It was terrible that the residents of the Rhondda had to travel all the way to Pontypridd for the children to have any free fun in the water, not everybody can afford to travel to Pontypridd. Unfortunately the council refused point blank to open any Paddling Pool in RCT, including the one in Penygraig.
Leanne started the campaign to open Penygraig paddling pool over a year ago, and Today 14th August 2017 the pool opened it's gates to the public for the first time in four years.
Over the past year, having held several public meetings, a team came together under the chairmanship of local resident and Plaid Cymru councillor, Josh Davies to make the dream of re-opening the paddling pool in Penygraig a reality this Summer. They have been working non stop to turn the dream into reality, and the pool is now open for two full weeks, from 10:30 until 5 each day.
If you would like to get involved then please either fill in the on-line form (follow the link below) or just call by the pool and speak to one of the volunteers. Follow all the latest news by going to their Facebook page.
Apart from travelling to the Lido in Pontypridd there was no longer any free water play here in the Rhondda. Before the council closed them, the paddling pools were enjoyed by the people throughout the Rhondda for generations.
To give children something to do - and to keep the costs of entertaining the family down during the long summer break - we have bent over backwards to get this paddling pools up and running.
There was a dedicated team of people working very hard to make the dream of opening the paddling pool in Penygraig a reality.
The local schools were all on-board, with the children being very vocal in their support for the plan to reopen the pool. Tyler, a Tonypandy School pupil won our competition to design the logo (again go to the Facebook page for more details). The children are also helping to design posters to raise awareness of littering and dog fouling.
Local businesses are being urged to lend their support, with many already signed up to help with fundraising, and practical issues like grass cutting.
Volunteers were down the pool getting it ready bright and early this morning. It's all very exciting.
All the latest news will be put up on their Facebook page (Friends of Penygraig Park)
Please join the team of volunteers that are working to make the dream a success. Sign up below.