man at work

Parc-y-Pentre

Parc-y-Pentre is in the Cardiff suburb of Rhiwbina. It was established by the Cardiff Rural District Council and Rhiwbina Garden Village Ltd and opened on 27th April 1960. In June 1960 the Whitchurch Parish Council agreed to take over the administration and maintenance of Parc-y-Pentre from the Rural District Council.[1]

In December 1961 the residents of the Rhiwbina Garden Village donated some trees and roses for the park: one Cypress tree, two flowering Almond trees and 16 climbing Roses[2] Playground equipment was installed the following year, the Parish Council having accepted a quotation from G. Pudge & Sons Ltd to erect a merry-go-round and rocking horse.[3] Also in 1962 the Council approved a request from the Rhiwbina Garden Village Association to plant a tree in Parc-y-Pentre in connection with their jubilee celebrations.[4]

The playground was located in the south east of the park where a concrete rectangle is still visible which may have been the base for the rocking hourse. The original play equipment was removed at some stage and a playground for small children was placed in the extreme south east corner. This included a small climbing frame, a spring rider and a roundabout.[5] This has also now been removed.

In April 2010 a shrub was planted to mark the 50th aniversary of Parc-y-Pentre, a Cytisus battandieri (Pineapple broom) donated by the Rhiwbina Garden Village Residents Association, who also organised the planting ceremony.[6] The Cytisus battandieri is long gone. The two plaques shown below are mounted on the same stone.

Plaque in Parc-y-Pentre

Plaque commemorating the official opening

Plaque in Parc-y-Pentre

Commemorating 50 Years of Parc-y-Pentre

Sources of Information:

  1. Meeting of the Parks, Recreation Grounds, Open Spaces and Allotments Committee 14th June 1960
  2. Whitchurch Parish Council Parks, Recreation Grounds, Open Spaces and Allotments Committee 12th December 1961
  3. Whitchurch Parish Council Parks, Recreation Grounds, Open Spaces and Allotments Committee 10th April 1962
  4. Whitchurch Parish Council Parks, Recreation Grounds, Open Spaces and Allotments Committee 24th July 1962
  5. Personal communication (TD)
  6. The Guardian: Rhiwbina's blossoming Parc y Pentre.