Bute Park winter opening extended

 cyclist and walkers on the Millenium Bridge, Bute Park

Cyclists and walkers using Bute Park. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Cardiff Council have announced that they will keep Bute Park open until 7pm during October, November and December to allow commuters to walk and cycle through the park.

The gate at the Millennium Bridge, which links Sophia Gardens to Bute Park and the gate near the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will stay open. All other gates to the park will close at dusk.

The council's change of heart is a result of a long campaign by cyclists, universities and environmentalists.

There will be stewards at both gates for extra security during the extended opening times.

The council initially opposed keeping the park open because they feared vandalism and attacks on people using the route.

The council has introduced a code of conduct for users of the park:

  • all users should to keep to the left of the paths
  • cyclists should cycle slowly and ring their bells to alert others
  • dog walkers should keep their dogs under control.

Raoul Bhambral, Coordinator of Cardiff Friends of the Earth, said: “We are pleased that Cardiff Council have finally seen sense and are holding this trial The closure of the park on winter evenings was a major disincentive to people in Pontcanna and Canton cycling or walking to work.”

Take action

Please tell people you know who live in Pontcanna and Canton about the trial and encourage them to use the route. We must show the council that there is a demand for the route if the winter opening is to become permanent.