All play areas in Cardiff that have passed safety inspections now re-open

All children’s play areas in Cardiff that have passed safety inspections are now re-open.


The re-opening of these three play areas - at the Barrage (Cardiff Bay), Heol Llanishen Fach (Rhiwbina) and Rhydypenau (Cyncoed) mean that 107 of the city’s 116 play areas will be available for children to enjoy.


In line with Welsh Government guidance and health and safety legislation all sites have gone through a Covid-19 risk assessment and the equipment and safety surfaces have been inspected by a qualified playground inspector, prior to re-opening.


Changes have been made to some play areas to help maintain social distancing and minimise risk of transmitting Covid-19 – for example, some swing seats have been removed to ensure a 2 metre distance is maintained.


To help ensure safety, new signage has also been installed, asking families using the sites to:

·       wash or sanitise their hands, before, after and during using the equipment;

·       follow social distancing requirements;

·       limit visits to 30 minutes during busy times;

·       only have a maximum of one adult per child in the play area.

8 play areas will remain closed for the time being, having failed safety inspections.


Many of these 8 sites had already been earmarked for future investment prior to lockdown and have deteriorated or been vandalised further during the time they were closed.

Plans to carry out the significant improvement works needed to bring these sites back into safe use are currently being developed. Tenders are currently being sought for the delivery of a new facility at Parc Caedelyn (Rhiwbina) and the complete refurbishment of Grange Gardens (Grangetown).


The 8 sites remaining temporarily closed are:

Anderson Fields (Adamsdown); Cemetery Park (Adamsdown); Mill Road Recreation Ground (Ely); Grange Gardens (Grangetown); College Road open space (Llandaff North); Drovers Way (Radyr & Morganstown); Parc Caedelyn (Rhiwbina); Caerleon Park (Trowbridge).


One further play area, at Ty’r Winch (Pontprennau & St Mellons), will also remain closed while the Community Council completes work on the refurbishment of the tennis courts.



The 107 sites which are now open are:

Adamscroft open space (Adamsdown); Adamsdown Square (Adamsdown); Brewery Park (Adamsdown); Belmont Walk (Butetown); Britannia Park (Butetown); Canal Park (Butetown); Craiglee Drive (Butetown); Hamadryad Park (Butetown);Hodges Square (Butetown); Loudon Square (Butetown); Schooner Way Junior (Butetown); Schooner Way Toddler (Butetown); Windsor Esplanade (Butetown); Emblem Close (Caerau); Emerson Close (Caerau); Heol Homfrey (Careau); Heol Trelai (Caerau); Trelai Park (Caerau); Treseder Park (Caerau); Jubilee Park (Canton); Sanatorium Road – Toddler (Canton); Victoria Park – Toddler (Canton); Victoria Park – Junior (Canton); the Barrage (Cardiff Bay) Bute Park Play Trail (Cathays);Cogan Gardens (Cathays); Maindy Park (Cathays); Creigiau play area (Creigiau & St Fagans); Rhydlarfer (Creigiau and St Fagans); Roath Park (Cyncoed);  Rhydypenau (Cyncoed); Green Farm Road (Ely); Wilson Road Toddler (Ely); Wilson Road Junior (Ely); Beechley Road (Fairwater); Chorley Close (Fairwater); Fairwater Park (Fairwater); Rosedale(Fairwater); Whitland Crescent (Fairwater); Maitland Park (Gabalfa); Maitland Road - agility area (Gabalfa); Sevenoaks Park (Grangetown); The Marl – Toddler (Grangetown); The Marl – Junior (Grangetown); Heath Park (Heath); Heol y Delyn (Lisvane); Mill Heath Drive (Lisvane); Matthew Walk (Llandaff); Hailey Park Junior (Llandaff North); Hailey Park Toddler (Llandaff North); Bryn Glas Junior (Llanishen); Bryn Glas Toddler (Llanishen); Heol y Barcud (Llanishen); Llanishen Park (Llanishen); Parkland/Thornhill Rec (Llanishen); St Martin's Crescent – Toddler (Llanishen); St Martin's Crescent – Junior (Llanishen); Watkin's Square (Llanishen); Rumney Recreation Ground (Llanrumney); Sedgemoor Road (Llanrumney); Coed y Gores (Pentwyn); Chapelwood (Pentwyn); Glenwood (Pentywn); Parc Coed y Nant (Pentwyn); Waun Fach (Pentwyn); Garth Newydd (Pentyrch); Garth Olwg (Pentyrch); Penuel Road (Pentyrch); Cyncoed Gardens (Penylan); Hammond Way (Penylan); Sovereign Chase (Penylan); Shelley Gardens (Plasnewydd); Roath Rec (Plasnewydd); Butterfield Park (Pontprennau & St Mellons); Crawford Drive (Pontprennau & St Mellons); Lascelles Drive (Pontprennau & St Mellons); Peppermint Park (Pontprennau & St Mellons); Cwm Farm Junior (Radyr); Cym Farm Toddler (Radyr); Fisherhill Way (Radyr / Morganstown); Heol Llanishen Fach (Rhiwbina), Despenser Gardens Junior (Riverside); Despenser Gardens Toddler (Riverside); Kitchener Gardens (Riverside); Llandaff Fields Junior (Riverside); Llandaff Fields Toddler (Riverside); Wyndham Street (Riverside); Greenway Road (Rumney); Catherine Gardens (Rumney); Beaufort Square (Splott); Horwood Close (Splott); Moorland Library Gardens (Splott); Runway Road (Splott); Splott Park (Splott); Tremorfa Park (Splott); Wilkinson Close (Splott); Cemaes Crescent – Toddler (Trowbridge); Cemaes Crescent – Junior (Trowbridge); Coleford Drive (Trowbridge);Heol Maes Eirwg (Trowbridge); Heritage Park (Trowbridge); Heol Booker (Whitchurch & Tongwynlais);Hollybush (Whitchurch & Tongwynlais); Ironbridge Road (Whitchurch & Tongwynlais); Whitchurch Library Gardens – toddler (Whitchurch & Tongwynlais); Whitchurch Library Gardens – Junior (Whitchurch & Tongwynlais).