Llanedi schoolchildren and councillors turned out to celebrate the official opening of Hendy’s new park.

The opening ceremony unveiled a special new addition to the community.

Hendy Park is widely regarded as the most important and innovative community facility provided in Hendy in recent years with hundreds of children already enjoying the facilities at the park.

The park features swings, a climbing frame and a zipwire.

The park was opened by County Councillor Gareth Thomas and the Chairman of Llanedi community council Councillor Mike Nicholas.

The park was part of an asset transfer from Carmarthenshire county council to Llanedi community council which will be responsible for the ongoing repair and maintenance of the park.

The council is establishing a programme of improvements to the other parks which are part of the asset transfer in both Hendy and Tycroes.

Councillor Mike Nicholas, Chairman of Llanedi Community Council said: “On behalf of the council, I am extremely grateful to Persimmon Homes for the generous donation of £200,000 towards this development.

“I would also wish to thank Sunshine Playgrounds for the excellent facility constructed which is considered one of the best parks in the county.”

The Ysgol Hendy pupils who attended the opening ceremony seemed very impressed by their new play area.

Mason said: “I love the colours. It’s much better than the old park.” Tom said: “The zipwire is amazing,” and Brogan said his favourite was the climbing frame.

Mr Baker-Edwards, representing Persimmon Homes, said: “We are committed to helping the communities in which we build to ensure the facilities are there to cope with the increased number of residents.”