THE crowds gathered at Pontyberem Park yesterday Saturday (Feb 17) for the opening of the brand new children’s play area.

The development, which has been two years in the making is a great boost for the village. The park has reportedly been in ‘dire need’ of repair for some time.

Speaking to Llanelli Online Gareth Harris said: “We as the Pontyberem Community Council took the park over in 2016. We decided that we had to improve the play area for the children as it was looking pretty bare.

“Carmarthenshire County Council had not spent any money here so to get some momentum in the village we decided to do something in this area so young people can have somewhere to go.’’

Despite the poor weather, a large number of families turned up to try out the new facilities.

The park was officially opened by Scarlets, Wales and Lions rugby player Ken Owens. There were stalls set up in the car park selling fresh food and drink.

Speaking about having a Welsh international present to officially open the park Gareth Harris said: “Ken is a local man now; everybody knows him or have seen him on television. Some of the children were more excited to see him than the park itself.’’

The community council won’t stop there. They are in the process of building a cycle track around the park with work due to be completed by the end of March 2018.

There are also plans for a 3G pitch for the tennis courts.

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