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Coed Gwilym Park Slipway: Regeneration

Waterways in Progress Grant: Swansea Canal


IWA awarded £18,000 to the Swansea Canal Society’s Coed Gwilym Park Slipway Project as part of IWA’s Waterways in Progress Grants in 2019.

The project aims to encourage boating on the canal and attract visitors to the local area, while ensuring the waterway continues to be valued as a green corridor through the post-industrial landscape of Swansea.

Work is underway to dredge approximately 1 mile of the Swansea Canal to navigable depth and further work is planned to restore locks and a pound to extend the navigable section of the Swansea Canal by 2½ miles.

The Waterways in Progress grant will fund the creation of a brand new slipway giving access to this stretch of canal to trailable boats and other small craft.

While integral to the long-term aims of restoring the canal, the project is also being undertaken with a view to hosting an IWA Trailboat Festival in 2023 to further raise the profile of the society’s work in the canal’s 225th anniversary year. The slipway will also permit the regular launch of the society’s workboat and new trip-boat. The passenger craft will be used to generate income for the society, running alongside its current canoe hire operation, and help establish the canal as a destination. The more activities on the water, the more attractive it will be to visitors.

Another key outcome of the project is the upskilling of local volunteers giving them the opportunities to learn about formwork, concentrating and bricklaying during the construction process.

Usage of this kind will demonstrate the value of the canal to local people and adjacent landowners.

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In May 2019 we launched a new grant of up to £100,000 to assist in funding projects, which promote the Waterways in Progress report vision and values. This grant has been made possible by legacies that have been left to the Association.

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