Plans for park after vandalism

2015-11-03 06:00
A part of Rover Road Park’s fence which had been damaged was repaired after residents signed a petition to get it fixed. Now that everything is back to normal there are several events planned for the park.

A part of Rover Road Park’s fence which had been damaged was repaired after residents signed a petition to get it fixed. Now that everything is back to normal there are several events planned for the park.

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Everything is back to normal at the Rover Road Park in Rondebosch after its fence had been vandalised by one of the residents who felt that the fence was illegal and unnecessary.

It is alleged that the vandal had, on several occasions, demonstrated destructive, antisocial behaviour in Rover Park.

In light of this vandalism the Rondebosch Community Improvement District (RCID) felt forced to get the police involved. A charge of malicious damage to property was laid against the vandal.

After the vandalism a petition went out and people participated as they were concerned about their safety. Through the petition the fence got fixed.

The purpose of the Rover Park fence is to keep the area safe. It was legally erected and paid for by residents.

The fence restricts access to and from the canal or M5 and stops criminals from easily accessing the area. A noticeable decline in crime was noted after the installation of the fence.

As this issue has been put to bed various activities are planned so that people will enjoy the park. The park will be made dog- and child-friendly for instance.

Shirley Aldum, RCID manager, says a lot of things are planned for the park.

“We are working on putting poo bags up and having bins fixed, so people are very enthusiastic and excited about it. Some people want an off-leash dog park and we are looking into it. The park is for everyone and we want people to enjoy it.”

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