A children’s adventure playground could close if the local authority withdraws financial support, one of the people behind it has warned.
The future of The Venture in Caia Park is under threat because Wrexham Council is planning a £50,000 funding cutback.
Co-founder Cllr Colin Powell says the charity may not survive to see its 36th year.
He said: “Unless they bump into a kind millionaire, they have no long term future – and that could be two weeks or three months.
“In 2009 the council cut 80 per cent of The Venture’s core funding within three months.
“If it’s reduced to nil, that puts a very serious question over whether they can continue.”
Cllr Powell, a Wrexham representative on the North Wales Police and Crime Panel, said when The Venture was first set up, Caia Park made up just seven per cent of the population of the policing area, but accounted for almost half of all juvenile crime.
He said: “The first year we started, the juvenile crime rate went down 28 per cent. In 2009 we achieved a nil juvenile crime rate.
“We’ve had remarkable success in reducing the number of children getting into trouble, and all of that would be lost.”
A Wrexham Council spokesman said: "A decision not to renew a contract with the Venture is part of overall budget cuts of £13m for 2014-15.
"A decision re:the budget will be taken in February."
Although The Venture’s total budget is £350,000, the council’s current £50,000 contribution pays for “core funding” such as heating, lighting and cleaning.
Karen Davies, deputy manager at The Venture, said: “It’s very difficult to get that funding from a lot of places because it’s not a very attractive thing to fund.
“For example, BBC Children in Need very generously gave us a grant which has helped us help the kids, but we can’t use that money for phone calls, heating or other core costs.
“If you don’t have money for those other things you are not going to run.”
Parents and children have been writing to their councillors in a desperate effort to save their playground.
Caia Park mum Nicola Griffiths said: “It has been so much more than just a playground, it’s where you meet and make friends, where you go to keep off the streets, to keep you safe and out of trouble by keeping you occupied.
“The people of Caia Park need The Venture to remain open for our children’s future because then we know our children can play and learn in safety.”
The Venture combines the adventure playground with a youth and early years centre employing 20 staff who run activities and courses for more than 700 children, young people and adults and give advice and support to parents.
It has won several awards for its services and passed its latest inspection with flying colours with inspectors failing to find a single area needing improvement.