Climbing frames, swings, slides, benches and more are being installed at a number of community playgrounds across Ceredigion, as well as some well needed care and repair of existing equipment.

More than £100,000 was available to Town and Community Councils, who own and run these playgrounds, through the Play Area Capital Grant by Welsh Government and facilitated by Ceredigion County Council.

The playgrounds form part of the Ceredigion Play Area Network which is facilitated by Ceredigion County Council to link up all those who have an interest in play or who own or manage a community play area.

Work has already been completed on introducing and improving play units at Borth, Penrhyn-coch, Llandre, Tregaron and Lampeter; new picnic benches and fencing at Aberarth; and a new basket swing at Cae’r Odyn, Bow Street.

One parent from Bow Street said: “The swing is amazing. I cannot believe the difference it has already made. The children are playing happily together and spending much more time outdoors”.

Carwyn Young, Corporate Manager for Wellbeing Centres at Ceredigion County Council, said: “We are thrilled to see so many organisations across the county taking advantage of the funding available to update play facilities for our young people. They all look fantastic and have already brought so much joy to local children and families. It has encouraged them to spend more time outdoors which has a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.”

Other play areas have also received grant funding through the Play Area Capital Fund grant and work will be undertaken over the next few months to introduce new units or update existing provisions. These playgrounds include Plascrug, Aberporth, Trefeurig, Clwb Cledlyn Drefach, Beulah and Llandre.

There are 74 equipped play areas in Ceredigion. Some are local play areas and some are destination parks for a great family day out. Visit the Dewis Cymru website to find your nearest park.