Even though I was brought up in Blaenau Ffestiniog, I never really thought of the park as somewhere to go in my spare time. This may have something to do with the fact that my childhood memories of the place are tainted by stones thrown at me and homophobic slurs (how do bullies have such fine-tuned gaydars?) But the park is no longer the teenage wasteland of my youth, and I was pleasantly surprised when I got the keys to the pavillion to see how much it had been developed in my absence.
The park has won Green Flag awards for its cleanliness and the abundant flowerbeds are cared for almost daily by John, the dedicated gardener. Although the fences and CCTV give the park a slightly Alcatraz vibe, they also make it a safe space for children to play, and the playground, obstacle course and football pitch are a haven for the little bambinos whizzing around on their bikes.
But the park has something for every generation, children play while their grandfather mows the bowling green, and men of all ages turn up for the matches. Crazy golf offers fun for the whole family, and the more serious athletes can head to the tennis court. Visit the activities page for more information and prices.
While the park has come a long way, there is still so much that can be done. I’m looking forward to organising 5 a side football tournaments, fundraiser days and getting involved with the exciting new winter fair.
More than anything I want to see the park being used by the community, the more activities we can get started, the better! If you have any suggestions for activities that you would like to see in the park, or if you would like to get involved in organising dance/fitness/sports clubs or classes, or anything else that I haven’t thought of, please get in touch or pop in to the cafe for a chat!