The former multi use games area (MUGA) at Crescent Road, Rhyl has recently been transformed into a functional and attractive Green Open Space on a busy street in West Rhyl.
During a twelve-month period, Contractors, Countryside Services and Keep Wales Tidy staff worked together to create the green space and site owners Countryside Services will continue to maintain the evolving site.
Denbighshire Countryside Staff and partners have been running weekly sessions at the site to improve communal areas, tend to the newly planted trees and wildflowers, and support local residents and community groups in their first growing season.
Community groups involved in the project have been encouraged by Council staff and through word of mouth. There are a wide range of age groups and backgrounds involved through these groups including a mixture of residents, Syrian families, and attendees of Youth Support Service, North Wales Training and Youth Justice.
The MUGA pitch was intended for multiple sports, however it became a hotspot for anti-social behaviour.
Welsh Government provided funding through their ‘Transforming Towns, Green Infrastructure’ project and their ‘Well Connected and Opportunities for All’ project to help transform the site.
The projects are managed together by Denbighshire Countryside Service and Keep Wales Tidy.
Cllr Tony Thomas, Lead Member for Housing, Regulation and the Environment at Denbighshire County Council, said: “I am very pleased we have been able to transform this site. It forms part of the green corridor that runs through Rhyl and Prestatyn, and is connected by a number of adjacent areas where wildflower meadows, street trees and hedgerows have been planted.
“Our aim is to create a welcoming and friendly environment for everyone to enjoy, whilst also providing a safe haven for our wildlife.”