History of Parc Llewelyn
The Deed of Covenant for the transfer of the park was signed and dated 24th July 1878. The document contains agreements and clauses that have ramifications for the management of Parc Llewelyn even today. The document passes ownership of the land to Mayor William Thomas and Alderman John Jones Jenkins, and stated that “the land (Cnap Llwyd Farm) shall forever hereafter be utilised as a Public Park only and for no other purpose or purposes whatsoever”, and also to “keep the said hereditaments and premises in good order and condition, to preserve, prune and manage the trees, shrubs and plants, replace by others each tree, shrub and plant that form time to time die or become decayed, and at all times keep the walls, roads, fences and borders in a good, proper and neat state”.
The park was officially opened on the 3rd October 1878 in a grand ceremony. There was however an earlier unofficial opening ceremony in June 1875 whilst the park was midway to completion. This was when neighbouring Dinas Chapel, with permission from the Mayor, held their annual tea party at the park.
Football, cricket, rugby and tennis have all been played on pitches within the park, with many a sporting legend started their playing days there, Ivor and Len Allchurch, John Charles, Ray Daniel and Mervyn Davies, the latter still the current President of the Parc Llewelyn Community Centre. However due to the hilly nature of the park all but two tennis courts remain, both in poor condition, as more suitable flat pitches were established nearby.
Since the Second World War, during which large area’s of the park were used for the “Dig for Victory” campaign producing oats, wheat and potatoes, the park has gone into a steady decline. Council cutbacks have seen the park gradually sink into a state of disrepair.
The Friends of Park Llewelyn, a group of local volunteers, was formed in 2006 following a presentation By Robert Skinner of his dissertation on Parc Llewelyn; their aim is to reverse this decline. (Read more about the Breathing Life Project here).
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