In 2019 Pennant Walters, amongst others, answered a call from Friends of Aberdare Park to provide vital funding to replace the defunct outdoor paddling pool with a brand-new facility in the town. We contributed £20,000 to the project through a fund linked to the Mynydd Bwllfa windfarm. It builds on previous donations which have seen Pennant Walters provide money to support numerous community groups.
The work, which began in August, is due to be completed in November 2020 and, depending on the situation with Covid-19, the splashpad is scheduled to open in April 2021.
Philip Rees, Chairman of Friends of Aberdare Park, said:
“As a group, we’ve worked tirelessly to make this wish become a reality and it’s fantastic to see the project coming together. We are so grateful to Pennant Walters and everyone who has supported us in getting this far.”
The work includes building the splash pad and installation of aquatic play features, including tall sprays called Trilly Lilly, Wavy Wand, Spin Splasher, Sneaky Soakers, ground sprays called Misty Mountain, Solo Spurt and Soft Tulip and others such as Spinaroo, Splash Blaster, Misty Twisty, Rainbow Dome and a Fun Brella.
Dale Hart, Managing Director of Pennant Walters, added:
“We are thrilled to play our part in helping to bring the splashpad to Aberdare. Aberdare Park is well used, and this facility is a result of the wishes of local young people and the wider community. It will be a fantastic asset to the area once it’s open next year.
“Our wind energy projects come with community funds that we use to invest in projects such as this and our aim is to bring very real benefits to the communities in the vicinity of our projects, providing financial assistance and expertise where we can.”
“We can’t wait to see the end result and are hugely excited to see the joy it will bring to the local community for years to come. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support from companies like Pennant Walters and we’re hugely grateful.”
Other donors include WDL Homes and Davies Brothers, who will be refurbishing the pool building, including improved access and the installation of a specialised toilet room providing full disabled facilities.
Contributions have also been made by Pen Y Cymoedd, Welsh Government, Welsh Church Act, The Michael Sobell Welsh Peoples Charitable Association, Davies Homes, Castell Howell, RCT Together, as well as those who have donated and supported through fundraising activities.