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Have Your Say on Local Park Plan

Image of the planned changing rooms (right) and upgraded pavilion at Underhill Park, Mumbles.

£2million plan to revamp Swansea's Underhill Park

People in Mumbles are being urged to have their say on £2m proposals to breathe new life into Underhill Park.

A charity called Mumbles Community Association (MCA) wants to build an all-weather pitch along with new changing rooms, public toilets, and a cafe beside the existing pavilion, which will be extended and upgraded.

The MCA has leased Underhill Park from Swansea Council for 125 years and will be exhibiting its proposals at Oystermouth Library for two weeks from March 13.

Longer term it wants to build a community clubhouse on the western edge of the park.

Mumbles Community Council will invest up to £150,000 into the project in the coming financial year as long as the MCA – a registered charity – can secure match funding.

Charity chiefs are hoping sponsors and individual donors will contribute to a project which already has been years in the planning.

MCA chairman Simon Tse said: “We are very excited about the next stage of the scheme and we are now consulting with the public on the first phase.

“This will result in the modernisation and extension to the existing pavilion, bringing much-needed community facilities including changing rooms along with an all-weather pitch.

“The second phase will be a community facility which meets the needs of numerous local groups and modernising of the car park with a significant increase in the number of places.”

Underhill Park is popular with dog walkers and is the home ground of Mumbles Rugby Club and Mumbles Rangers Football Club while some cricket is played in the summer.

But the bowl-shaped park suffers from flooding meaning all-weather facilities are seen by many as a priority.

The planned changing rooms beside the pavilion would include a physiotherapy room and be available during the week for public meetings, children’s parties, and other such activities.

Mumbles Community Council chairwoman Carrie Townsend Jones said its main concern was decent changing facilities for the sports clubs.
She added: “It would just be incredible to finally see something happen and we are more than happy to support them make the best use of the facilities.”

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