We wanted to update you on the recent events at our beloved historical and recreational park in North Wales.
Last week, an extraordinary bout of extreme weather led to the River Alyn bursting its banks, causing a significant portion of the park to be submerged. For the first time in history, the river merged with the lake, creating a hazardous environment with fast-flowing waters. The lake and river banks became invisible, posing a danger of sudden drops into even deeper water.
We are heartbroken to witness the level of flood damage inflicted upon our park. Assessing the state of paths and infrastructure around the lake will be impossible until the water recedes. The cost of repair is anticipated to be substantial.
Despite this devastating setback, we are grateful that the Neolithic realm and cafe, as well as the Fort, remain unscathed due to their elevated positions.
Regrettably, we must inform you that the GRIMM WOODS Halloween event has been canceled. We extend our sincere gratitude to all those who booked places for the event. Safety considerations, coupled with the extensive flood damage, compelled us to make this difficult decision.
The aftermath of the floods has been nothing short of disheartening. Our new bridge, which we believed to be safely positioned above the reach of the river, has been completely destroyed. This means that even when the water levels return to normal, there will be no access across the river to the rest of the Park.
Our dedicated wardens have been diligently monitoring the site as the water gradually recedes in some areas. The damage assessment is underway, revealing a landscape marred by destruction. The loss of our bridge, damaged fences, and the displacement of portable toilet blocks and kayaks are just some of the visible impacts.
The toll on our wildlife remains unknown, as it is currently too dangerous to open the site to visitors. However, we are committed to supporting our resilient staff and meeting our financial obligations.
As we face this monumental challenge, our small but determined team is working tirelessly to restore the park to its former glory. We will keep you updated on our progress and, in the meantime, welcome any support you can offer.
Thank you for your understanding and unwavering support.
If you would like to support the clean up effort at the park, you can donate here.