Park gym vandalised

2015-05-05 06:00
Park and gym equipment will soon be replaced following vandalism at the central park based in Dennegeur and Spitz way, Strandfontein.
PHOTO: 
Samantha Lee

Park and gym equipment will soon be replaced following vandalism at the central park based in Dennegeur and Spitz way, Strandfontein. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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Vandals have been hard at work at a park in Strandfontein, but they will not have the last laugh.

Strandfontein Ward councillor Elton Jansen says he is determined to see the park become a success, as the damaged equipment will be replaced soon.

After a contractor installed outdoor gym and park equipment without notifying City of Cape Town officials that the project had been completed early, the park was vandalised.

The central park idea stems from a need to see development in the area, says Jansen.

“I realised that we will never be able to address all the parks with ward allocation funds and at the same time make a significant impact, but we needed to start somewhere. We also have many fitness and health fanatics in Strandfontein and for this reason the decision was made to develop this park,” he says.

He also says that the idea of a central park does not mean that other parks will not be developed in future. “We needed to start somewhere to bring about change in Strandfontein. I felt that with the development or establishment of a central park we could spend all the money allocated for parks [in our ward budget for the year] so that we can make a maximum impact with the available budget,” he explains.

Money was allocated for the park in the 2014/2015 budget.

This way, Jansen believes, residents will be able to see visible changes.

“Splitting the money among all the parks [will not result in a] noticeable impact and [be] a waste of taxpayers’ money,” he says.

The patch of land between Spitz Way and Dennegeur Avenue has already been developed. This was done with the school in mind.

“The idea is that should the school for some reason want to use the park it will be easily accessible for the pupils too,” Jansen says.

Four outdoor gym equipment items as well as play equipment were installed. Trees, an irrigation system from the City parks budget and a pathway were also established.

An estimated R107 000 was allocated by the City’s public lighting development department in the 2015/2016 budget for the upgrade of lights in the park.

At a visit to the park last week, most of the equipment had been restored. A timeline for the completion for the remainder of work was not immediatly available.

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