Plans to develop and construct a new visitor centre at Parc Penallta, Ystrad Mynach are progressing.
The new multi-purpose visitor centre will be delivered in partnership with Welsh Government and will act as a community hub and Discovery Gateway for the Valleys Regional Park initiative and provide a potential home for their ‘guardian scheme’. It will incorporate education and conferencing facilities, a café, toilets, showers, and act as health and wellbeing hub.
Planning permission for the new centre has now been granted, with the location being chosen to widen the appeal of the park, increase users and showcase the parts of the park that are currently less well used or known.
A series of Rural Community Development Fund Projects are currently being delivered within the Country Park which include the installation of climbing rocks and the enhancement and replacement of the boardwalk providing viewing areas to experience important Bog habitat and spot wildlife. Whilst upgraded drainage, wetland and water management works are currently underway.
Councillor Chris Morgan, Cabinet Member for Waste, Leisure & Green spaces said: “These projects are adding to an already vibrant and well-loved country park so will be enjoyed by many, whereas the new visitor centre will put Parc Penallta on the map for residents and visitors alike.
“The enhancement of this country park will reinforce the importance of our environments and landscapes, the health and wellbeing of our communities.”