£35,000 needed to keep village playground open

By Caleb Spencer in Local People

A GROUP of volunteers responsible for a village playground say they need urgent help raising £35,000 or the facility could be lost completely.

The Penrhyncoch and Trefeurig Recreation and Sports Association (PATRASA) are a small committee of volunteers who raise money for, and donate their time and energy to keeping the village playground a safe environment for children to play.

But PATRASA say the park, which is next to Penrhyncoch FC’s Cae Baker football ground, will need major investment soon or it will become unsafe in a couple of years.

Speaking to the Cambrian News this week, PATRASA committee member Clare Larke, said: “Our big thing is the safety inspection at the start of the year.

“Everything passed this year but it is obvious the equipment is coming to the end of its life and we would like to replace the equipment.”

PATRASA receives no funding from the county council, only a small annual grant from Trefeurig Community Council, and they are calling for fresh blood to step in and help applying for funding and to share the burden of fundraising and maintenance.

“We are worried that in a couple of years time, there won’t be a park,” she added.

“We have got to a critical point now of needing newcomers. People don’t need to attend meetings regularly.

“We would like to encourage more parents whose children use the park to join."

If you feel like you could help PATRASA secure the future of Penrhyncoch’s playground, get in touch via the Penrhyncoch and Trefeurig Recreation and Sports Association Facebook page, or call Clare Larke on 07922 360813.

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