Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea

Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea (must see)

Cwmdonkin park has a bandstand, children's play area, water gardens, tennis courts, and a bowling green.

The use of the land for public recreation originated with the creation of Cwmdonkin reservoir around 1850 by William Henry Smith and the Swansea Waterworks Company.

The first suggestion to landscape the grounds around the reservoir was raised in 1853 but it was not until 1874 that Swansea Council purchased two fields from Mr James Walters for £4,650 to create the park which was opened on 24 July 1874. There was some criticism that the park was in an essentially wealthy, middle-class area of town: this led to the emergence of the “Open Spaces Movement” led by William Thomas of Lan, which campaigned for more parks for deprived working class areas.

Cwmdonkin Reservoir was filled in with rubble in the 1950s and landscaped to become a children’s play area.

Poet Dylan Thomas grew up at 5, Cwmdonkin Drive, near the park. The park was an important source of inspiration to the poet and featured in his work, including the radio broadcasts Return Journey and Reminiscences of Childhood, and, most famously, the poem The hunchback in the park.

A memorial stone to Thomas with lines from "fern Hill" was placed in the park in 1963.

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Sight Name: Cwmdonkin Park
Sight Location: Swansea, Wales
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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