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Culture, Parks and Events commitments

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Our parks and green spaces, as well as our capital city’s culture, entertainment and sports scene, are a big part of what makes Cardiff such a great place to live.

The pandemic and the lockdowns underlined how important our parks are to our health, happiness and wellbeing. That is why we will invest in our parks and green spaces, with a focus on improving those in our most deprived communities.

In Cardiff, we have a cultural and sporting infrastructure that can host major international events, and local creative and sporting talent, and venues to rival any city. As we rebuild the cultural, sporting and events economy post-Covid, we will set out a new programme to bring major events to Wales, and through working with local artists and musicians, we will promote local talent, preserve local venues and develop a new signature event that presents the best of Cardiff and Wales to the world.

We will:

  • Secure an additional Green Flag Award each year of the administration – focusing on areas of high deprivation – taking the number of Green Flag Parks from 15 to 20.
  • Keep Cardiff Castle open as a public park.
  • Roll out our Coed Caerdydd project with continued mass tree-planting and the creation of new woodlands, raising the city’s tree canopy and biodiverse areas from 19% to 25% of total land use.
  • Grow our park and woodland workforce through additional investment and support for apprenticeships and volunteer groups.
  • Complete a playground mapping exercise and act on its recommendations to ensure investment in new play equipment and play spaces is directed to the areas of greatest need.
  • Work with partners to develop new nature-focused opportunities for Flat Holm.
  • Support Cardiff to become a National Park City.
  • Continue to deliver our Music City Strategy to support and nurture music-making at all levels, supporting the Cardiff Music Board to implement the agreed recommendations of the Sound Diplomacy report.
  • Use our work on the Music Strategy as a template for a new Cultural Strategy focused on supporting and celebrating Cardiff’s creative talent.
  • Develop a new pipeline of major events anchored around a homegrown music festival.
  • Bid to be a host city for the Euro 2028 football championships, including establishing a legacy programme focused on young people.
  • Work with arts and cultural venues to become more accessible to families and children as part of  the ‘Passport to the city’ initiative.
  • Ensure St David’s Hall retains its position as a world-class auditorium.
  • Work with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to deliver a new future for the Old Library as a performance and learning space.
  • Investigate a public art endowment fund.
  • Seek to better tell the stories of underrepresented groups in the city’s statues and public art.
  • Introduce a new sports participation strategy focused on increasing physical activity amongst communities and groups with fewer opportunities to take part in sport.
  • Prioritise public space and assets for local clubs and organisations and support community sports clubs, with a particular emphasis on under-represented groups, such as women and girls, ethnic minority communities, disabled people, and the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Continue our investment in leisure centres, including the refurbishment of Pentwyn Leisure Centre, and provide additional 3G pitch facilities.​​
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