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Major clean-up operation to repair Swansea's Museum Park after Waterfront Winterland

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 16, 2013

  • The churned up ground left by the Waterfront Winterland after the rides have been taken down

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A MAJOR clean-up operation will soon start to repair the land used for Swansea's Waterfront Winterland.

The city's Museum Park opposite the LC Leisure Centre and the National Waterfront Museum hosted the attraction which featured everything from crazy golf and ice skating to a big wheel.

More than 126,000 people flocked to enjoy festive fun over eight weeks at the site, with 35,973 people taking to the ice.

Workers will soon be on site to attend to the grass damaged during Waterfront Winterland.

Swansea Council's parks team will assess the park and undertake reinstatement works as soon as weather conditions allow.

Work to repair the park from the previous year's event from 2011 going into 2012 set the local authority back £1,200.

The cost for this year's repair work will be dependent on the assessment of the parks team.

A Swansea Council spokesman said the likelihood of short-term damage to the grass is taken into account by the authority when planning for the Waterfront Winterland and reinstatement costs are built into the contract on an annual basis.

Museum Park is expected to be tidied up by the end of January, with the area re-seeded as required in readiness for early spring.

Frances Jenkins, Swansea Council's strategic manager for tourism, marketing and events, said: "With an event like Waterfront Winterland there's always a risk that there may be some short-term damage to the grass because of its size, the weather and the number of people it attracts.

"We take this into account when planning for the event and this is why reinstatement costs are built into the contract every year.

"Waterfront Winterland was again an outstanding success this festive season, attracting over 126,000 visitors despite the bad weather and difficult financial times for many people. "It makes a big contribution to the local economy every year, with many visitors spending money in local shops, restaurants and bars in the city centre and maritime quarter.

"Workers will soon be on site to assess the scale of the damage and tidy the area up.

"Weather permitting, we'll also start work as soon as we can to reinstate areas of grass that have been damaged."

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  • Gowerview  |  January 17 2013, 4:01PM

    It looks a non story as every city would surely have a similar clean up operation after such a wet winter . My hope would be that Swansea as the second largest city in Wales could soon have an indoor ice rink/arena @ SA1in addition to the excellent temporary facility which the winterland has. I think the city's civic leaders, regeneration team , Assembly & partners have to kick start some serious private sector investment/regeneration in Swansea city centre and SA1. It's great to see the Assembly offering direction and assistance; you wonder if the city is attracting the scale of regeneration it's worthy of though. A large parcel of land at Sa1 was allegedly earmarked for a large scale leisure scheme. This has been wasteland and general boat storage for five years or more. So the landmark regeneration needs to take place - a great infrastructure and location are already in place. AM's and regeneration partners need to deliver some positive news for Swansea now. The counter remark 'when economic conditions improve' looks all too familiar when questions are asked regarding Swansea's city centre and SA1 regeneration. Other UK towns & cities have somehow pulled off major regeneration projects over the lat few years.

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  • Jiffy  |  January 16 2013, 10:46AM

    Wow. Shock horror. It looks like an end of season rugby pitch. The parks department manage to get them looking as good as new every year, so they're not going to have any problems with this, are they.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  January 16 2013, 10:14AM

    Just waiting for the usual moaners to come here complaining how £1,200 is an expense that is not needed, despite the fact the 126,000 paying people more than make up for it.

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