Hamadryad Park

Hamadryad Park takes its name from the nearby site of the historic hospital ship HMS Hamadryad, and the hospital that opened there in 1905. The hospital was absorbed into the National Health Service in 1947.

In 1959 there was a proposal to create a recreational open space near the hospital by reclamation of approximately 10.8 acres of foreshore. The scheme involved construction of an embankment and parapet as well as other works, all estimated to cost £99,000.[1] An application for grant funding was unsuccessful and the proposal went no further.[2]

By the 1990s there was a small park immediately adjacent to the eastern boundary of the former hospital and linking with Burt Street. It was mostly grass with a traditional set of playground equipment and some trees.[3] Aerial photographs for 1991 show a playground in this position.[4]

There was a major extension in the early 2000s, arising from the work of the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation (CBDC).[5] Newly made-up land was created from the salt marsh and mudflats, and now forms much of the park.

CBDC was disolved 31st March 2000 and the City of Cardiff Council assumed responsibility for the park.

The park now consists mainly of playing fields and open grassland, with some tree planting that includes Hybrid poplars.[6]. There is a large playground close to the local houses.

Sources of information

  1. Meeting of the Parks, Baths and Cemeteries Committee 17th July 1959
  2. Meeting of the Parks, Baths and Cemeteries Committee 26th October 1959
  3. Personal communication (MC)
  4. Welsh Government 9138 Cardiff Vale of Glamorgan Newport 160_91 image 0009
  5. Hamadryad Park from Parks and Gardens UK
  6. Personal communication (TD)