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The National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty, is officially the ‘Best Cultural Heritage Project in Wales,’ as announced at the 2018 EU Funds Awards. 

This follows a record-breaking season at the Council’s flagship family outdoor water attraction at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd. 

Having welcomed more than 266,000 visitors since opening in 2015, the wonderful summer weather saw over 91,000 visitors flock to the National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty this season alone, since opening in March - excluding the forthcoming Boxing Day Swim. This is an increase of over 16,000 visitors on the previous season. 

The EU Funds Awards, held in Cardiff, celebrate high-quality, innovative projects which have significantly improved Wales’ physical infrastructure or environment through cultural heritage. 

The National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty, was officially re-opened by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. 

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “Winning this award is the icing on the cake for what has been our most successful season since the re-opening of the National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty in 2015. 

“We are so proud to have such a fantastic facility within our County Borough. It not only raises the profile of Rhondda Cynon Taf and attracts people from all over Wales and beyond, but it also provides a boost to the local economy. 

“Officially recognised at the Best Cultural Heritage Project in Wales, the National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty, will continue to thrive and build upon its success to date, celebrating its past as well as the present while at the same time looking towards the future.”

The National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty - the only one of its kind in Wales - has been transformed into a breathtaking 21st Century facility for all the family following a major £6.3m regeneration programme.

Originally opened in 1927, it sadly closed in 1991. The National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty, has maintained its Mediterranean influence and, with its three heated swimming pools, changing rooms and sun terraces, is welcoming a new generation of visitors.

Admission to the National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty, is just £2 per adult and FREE for children under the age of 16 to enjoy lane swimming and more relaxed swims, with a Splash Pool for the little ones. While use of a host of aquatic activities, including Aqua Scooterz, Aqua Peddlerz and Water Walkerz are available for just £2.50.

The roof tiles on the original buildings have been supplied by the same French company that provided the tiles over 90 years ago. Original doors and windows have also been carefully refurbished to their former glory and reinstalled into the original buildings.

The original Lido had just one large pool, but new features include not just one but three heated pool areas - the main pool, children’s activity pool and a splash area. Also, adjacent to The National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty, we have Lido Play, an exciting facility for younger visitors, open all year around and completely FREE!

The National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty, also boasts a Waterside Café, Viewing Gallery, exhibition area and a first-floor function room with stunning views across pools and the whole of Ynysangharad War Memorial Park and the town of Pontypridd.

The restoration of the Grade II-listed National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty, took place due to £3m from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, £2.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a £900,000 contribution from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, and a £100,000 contribution from Cadw.

The 2018 EU Funds Awards showcased the achievements of EU-funded projects in Wales.

Posted on Wednesday 12th December 2018

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