Local AM welcomes Dare Valley Country Park Valleys Taskforce cash bonanza

Local Assembly Member Vikki Howells AM has welcomed a Welsh Government announcement that will see over £800,000 being invested to improve the facilities on offer at Dare Valley Country Park.

The funding will be used for the development of family accessible bike trails.  In addition to the main bike trail, a number of ‘Pump Tracks’ with varying and unique layouts will be created at dedicated spots along the main route, which will cater for all ages and abilities.

Other elements of the plan include the creation of a laser tag activity area, and additional money to update and refresh the existing play park so that it can be enjoyed by all children regardless of their physical or sensory abilities.

The funding is part of a £6.6 million package of investment in the Valleys Regional Park, with the money being shared between 11 sites in recognition of the world class and diverse landscapes they possess.

Cynon Valley AM Vikki Howells, welcoming the investment, said:-

“Dare Valley Country Park enjoys excellent facilities and can boast some of the most spectacular views in the Cynon Valley.

“It is already a real draw for both local people and visitors from outside the area, but this investment and the improved facilities that it will lead to will bring even more people in by making it an even better to visit.

“The work of the Valleys Taskforce is about recognising the unique character of our Valleys communities and promoting their economic growth, with the Valleys Regional Park aiming to unlock and maximise the potential of our natural and cultural heritage to generate social, economic and environmental benefits.

“As a long-term supporter of ensuring all children and young people have access to inclusive play and leisure opportunities, I am particularly pleased to see this element of the investment in Dare Valley Country Park which will make a real difference to local families”.

The funding announcement was made on Wednesday 11 September by First Minister Mark Drakeford AM and Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport Lee Waters AM, who is the Welsh Government lead on the Valleys Taskforce.

Ynysangharad War Memorial Park also received funding in the announcement, which will be used to improve footpaths, lighting and changing facilities.