Bute Park will open for longer each day after a pilot scheme proved popular with pedestrians, cyclists, joggers and dog-walkers.
The park is normally open from 7.30am in the morning until 30 minutes before sunset, but gates at Millennium Bridge and Fisher’s Bridge – by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – will now stay open until 7pm every night throughout the winter.
Other gates will still close 30 minutes before dusk.
Cardiff Council said that during a pilot scheme, people using the park were asked if they would like the extended opening hours to be permanent, and 96% said yes.
More than half said they used the route to commute to work, and almost three quarters said the longer opening times would encourage them to carry on cycling through the winter.
Cardiff’s cabinet member for sport, leisure and culture, Councillor Huw Thomas said: “We have listened to the users of Bute Park and have taken on board the request from cyclists to continue extending the opening hours of the park.
“Bute Park is a fantastic green space in the heart of our city and provides a beautiful, tranquil route for many people to walk and cycle through.”
The council has also joined forces with The Friends of Bute Park and cycling groups, reminding people to “be seen, be aware, stick to the route and respect others” when cycling in the park.
Vice chairwoman of Bute Park Friends Group, Jane Williams said: “Residents really welcome the opportunity to take a short-cut through the park when travelling east-west across the city in winter months, but it is important users of the route respect others to ensure it is a safe and enjoyable journey for all.
“We would encourage that dogs be kept under control, cyclists use lights and bells and travel at sensible speeds, and that people maintain clear awareness of their surroundings by re-considering the use of mobile phones and head-phones.
“All users should consider their visibility and how respectful their behaviour is to others”.