THIS is the first look at a longstanding Rhyl eyesore that has been transformed into a £350,000 community playground.
Hundreds of thousands of pounds have been spent to revive the Cut, which has been used as a dumping ground for years.
It has been transformed into a community fishing pool, access for walkers and a mountain bike track.
Natural Resources Wales has worked alongside the Welsh Government, Denbighshire Council’s Countryside Services, WREN, Scottish Power and local community groups.
Work on the project began last March and it will be officially opened on Friday, by Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane.
Tim Jones, from Natural Resources Wales, said: “This project will enable the community and especially young people to enjoy the natural environment.
“It has transformed what was once an eyesore and a hazard to the public into an asset the people of Rhyl South West can be proud of.”
The pools have been stocked with roach, bream and rudd and fishermen from the Federation of Welsh Anglers will be on hand at the launch to give local people the chance to try their luck with rod and line.
The project has been designed to create the right conditions for water voles to thrive and the population is already increasing.
In order to create the fishing area 40,000 tonnes of material was excavated from the Cut’s flood alleviation channel and was then used to create the 3km long mountain bike course.
Cllr David Smith, Denbighshire’s cabinet lead member for environment, said: “Ground conditions and other considerations in the vicinity of the Cut made for a very challenging project but despite this Denbighshire Council’s Countryside Service delivered the project on time and within budget.
“Material from the cut was recycled to create a Mountain Bike Track and it was this innovative approach which actually made both projects viable and significant savings were made as opposed to taking the material to landfill.
“Now that the project has been completed the future sustainability will be ensured by the local community in partnership with the Local Authority and under guidance from Natural Resources Wales.”
Members of the public are welcome to attend the official opening of the project at 12.30pm on Friday, meeting at Rhyl Adventure Playground.
For pictures of the opening see next week’s Journal.