WHO ARE WE?
Friends of Treorchy Park formed in 2016 to help improve Treorchy Park.
WHAT WE DO!
We have worked with the council and arranged replacement of the dilapidated fencing, and installed new play equipment in the play ground.
In 2017 we entered discussions with the council and we decided that our primary focus was to reopen the paddling pool and in 2018 that is exactly what we did. It took a lot of hard work from our volunteers, but it was worth every hour of work. The paddling pool was so well used, we realised that we had to plan on opening it every year and in 2019 we were able to open the pool again, but of course, the pandemic stopped our plans for 2020.
We also hold events throughout the year including our Easter Egg Hunts, Teddy Bear Picnics and our Halloween Spooktacular 'Park in the Dark'.
WHY ARE WE FUNDRAISING NOW?
Quite simply put, we need the money to open the pool!
We have many fundraising events and have raised thousands over the years, but the yearly cost of opening the pool is between £5,000 and £10,000 and we are constantly looking at ways of raising funds. This year we will have the additional cost of heating the pool.
We knew that we needed to find a way of becoming more self-sustaining and to that end we registered as a ‘Food Business’ and are now the proud owners of a food van! This is sited at the paddling pool for the full six weeks that it is open in the summer and this helps us generate funds.
One of our primary goals is to keep the pool free-to-use. Taking a family out for the day can be prohibitively expensive for some, so we want to ensure this community resource is available for all. We will also be providing sessions for children with Additional Learning Needs.
We are hopefully on the right course out of this awful pandemic and whilst we may need to restrict numbers into the area and operate a booking system, we look forward to welcoming to to the park!