In a special event today the Friends of Belle Vue Park are marking the centenary of the park created from a former stone quarry in 1914.
Councillors Lis Burnett and Rosemary Cook (both Labour St Augustines) joined local residents – many of whom were dressed in period costume – to watch the official unveiling of Belle Vue Park’s new American-made drinking fountain carried out by Fenella Scanlan on behalf of developers XB Properties.
XB Properties – run by Simon Baston and former All Black Xavier Rush – redeveloped the old Albert Road Methodist Church into luxury apartments – a project which involved a “Section 106” contribution of £10,000 which has gone towards improvements to Belle Vue Park including the drinking fountain and a “traverse wall”.
The drinking fountain – the first of its kind in Europe – provides a vertical stream from which people can drink, a bottle filling facility which it’s hoped will encourage the re-use of plastic bottles – and a special drinking bowl for dogs at the base.
Also at today’s event were re-enactors in period military uniforms from WW1 and WW2, WW1 songs and music – and a number of children dressed as they would have been in Penarth in 1914 – even down to authentic bare feet.
This afternoon the Mayor of Penarth Cllr Martin Turner officiated at the ceremonial burial of a time-capsule containing a variety of contemporary artifacts and written contributions which is to be exhumed in 50 years time – within the lifetimes of the children attending today’s event .
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