Ponciau park is a traditional park lying between Ponciau and Rhosllanerchrugog.
The park has a network of tarmac footpaths and seating, overlooking extensive views over the Cheshire plain. The park is also home to Ponciau Banks Park Bowling Club, a BMX track, skate park, tennis and basketball courts, a bandstand and a large playground.
There is a small free car park when you enter the park at the top entrance (off Baptist Street). There is also a lower car park off School Lane/ Clarke Street.
Dogs are welcome at Ponciau Banks but must be kept under control. Please remember that failure to pick up dog waste is a serious offence with fines in operation.
The Friends of Ponciau Park
If you would like to have your say in the future development of Ponciau Banks, you could join the Friends of Ponciau Banks group.
The group has been successful in raising money, through annual community fun days, to spend on the park's facilities and activities (such as benches on the bowling greens).
You could join the group to help with:
- running stalls
- making cakes
- practical maintenance work
- running events
Installed in 2006, the BMX track is a popular attraction. The track is open to the public all year.
Sometimes during the school holidays, BMX coaching sessions are led by a qualified coach. If you are interested in your child taking part, ring 01978 844028 to check availability.
Skate ramps offer exciting skating and riding opportunities. A youth shelter is situated adjacent to the skate park.
Crown Green Bowling
Two crown greens are situated on site. The greens are played on regularly by the Ponciau Banks Park Bowling Club. The club welcomes all bowlers, whether beginner, intermediate or experienced.
During the season, the team compete every other Tuesday afternoon, although they also meet some Wednesday afternoons and some weekday evenings.
The club can also provide loan equipment’ which can be used by the community.
You can call the Park Officer for further details (contact information).
There are two sports courts at Ponciau Banks. One exclusively for tennis, and the second marked out for both tennis and basketball.
Children’s play area
The play area is designed for toddlers and junior age groups, and is fenced off to prevent access by dogs.
The area contains toddler and junior swings, a roundabout, spring mobiles, climbing frames, a rotating bar and slides.
The standing stone circle commemorates the park being used as an Eisteddfod site.
The area of Ponciau Banks was mined commercially, and also on a smaller scale by local families during the miners’ unrest during the 1920s. After the mines were capped the site was left as a wasteland until the 1930s.
During the 1930s European volunteers from the IVSP (International Voluntary Society for Peace) came to Ponciau to create the park as a joint project with the striking miners. Over a period of years, local and international volunteers created much of the park landscape we see today.
In 2009 refurbishment through the Heritage Lottery Fund improved pathways, lighting, facilities and planting, to restore the park to its 1950s glory.
Turn off the A483 along the B5605 to Rhos. Turn right at traffic lights, up Gutter Hill/ Hill Street. Turn right at Queen Street into Broad Street. Turn right into Peter Street and take second right onto Baptist Street. This will take you to the top of the park (the top car park is just inside the entrance to the left).