Walk and talk the CBD

2015-04-30 14:46
The first City Walk Saturday tour took place this weekend. It covers a route that includes the Company’s Gardens, St George’s Mall and St Andrew’s Square.

PHOTO: 
nicole mccain

The first City Walk Saturday tour took place this weekend. It covers a route that includes the Company’s Gardens, St George’s Mall and St Andrew’s Square. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Dust off your walking shoes – the Cape Town CBD experience has just got a little more interesting for both residents and its visitors.

The Cape Town Partnership has launched the Cape Town City Walk at the first of what is to be a monthly event – City Walk Saturdays – on Saturday 18 April.

The City Walk has been added to Cape Town’s “bucket list” of key tourist attractions and included in the Cape Point Partnership’s “Cape Town Big 7”.

The walk joins the existing Cape Town Big 6 of Cape Point, Robben Island, Groot Constantia, the Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch and the Vandamp;A Waterfront. Together, these form a marketing body to ensure visitors know there are seven unmissable, awesome things to do in Cape Town, says partnership director Brett Hendricks.

“The aim is to encourage visitors to extend their stay in terms of number of days and extend their range, opening up the opportunity for other sites to be visited and further boosting the flourishing tourism industry,” he says.

The City Walk is a long-term project that is aimed at exposing and enhancing what already happens in the CBD as well as adding a layer of regular activity to the space, the partnership says in a statement.

The route aims to connect significant places in the city, starting in the Company’s Gardens, continuing down St George’s Mall to Waterkant Street and progressing up the Fan Walk to St Andrew’s Square.

Signage, public art, walking tours and retail offerings are set to bring these public spaces to life.

While the City Walk is not limited to a specific date and time, the monthly City Walk Saturday will act as a flagship to invite the public to proactively come into and celebrate their CBD.

Cape Town Partnership CEO Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana says: “The City Walk is not a complete work, nor does it belong to the Cape Town Partnership; we are just initiating and activating the idea. The streets of a city are the ultimate public unifier; the base unit of public space that belongs to every citizen,” she says.

The partnership recognises that Cape Town still often presents its history in ways that many of its citizens don’t identify as their own, Makalima-Ngewana says.

“The City Walk will see us exposing the different storylines to create a more inclusive city, acknowledging the important role that history and memory plays in the life of our city, and helping citizens to find spaces to share their own stories and interact with each other,” she says

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