City to sink R74m into park

2017-04-04 06:02
The City’s Bradley Burger (left), Mayor Patricia de Lille and Ivan Anthony study the proposed map of the park.

The City’s Bradley Burger (left), Mayor Patricia de Lille and Ivan Anthony study the proposed map of the park.

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Officials of the City of Cape Town unveiled renewed plans in Manenberg yesterday to use R74m for the next stage of the urban upgrade programme.

Mayor Patricia de Lille headed the sod-turning event where she promised to deliver on the plans which were initially unveiled, in collaboration with the provincial government, in 2015.

The Manenberg integrated park project is aimed at upgrading Marico Park and linking it to the Greens sports fields.

“Manenberg was identified as one of the areas to be part of the mayoral urban regeneration programme because we felt the need for urgent redress here. Now that we are in a second term, we are getting on with delivering on the promises that we made to this community,” De Lille told the gathering.

“As part of the organisational development and transformation plan, we are prioritising addressing the legacy of apartheid spatial planning. Our transformational priorities include resource efficiency and security, and building integrated communities.”

She adds that with the help of the steering committee’s input, they would reverse the legacy left by apartheid. “Through their work and consultation, we are here today to make some of those dreams a reality.”

De Lille says the project would involve three areas of development which were focused on accommodating family recreation and youth development in an integrated and multipurpose precinct.

“The first objective is the upgrade of Marico Park – an existing park adjacent to the Manenberg swimming pool. The second objective is that the two sites will be connected by a pedestrian walkway, with trees and lighting. Thirdly, it includes the development of an informal recreation area within the existing recreational facility, the Greens,” she says.

The integrated facility will include:

. passive recreation areas with large trees to provide shade for the grassed areas where visitors can picnic and relax;

. seating for spectators watching games;

. play parks with custom-designed play structures for a range of age groups;

. areas with outdoor exercise zones, equipment, and multipurpose courts for informal ball games; and

. a custom-designed track and multipurpose play area in the park.

The City has set aside R15.7m for this project and work is expected to be completed by July 2018.

This is part of more than R73.9m that has been budgeted for the Manenberg upgrade.

Some capital projects include:

. Floodlights on the Manenberg field at a cost of R4m.

. Elsieskraal park upgrade at a cost of R3.4m.

. Sport facilities worth R10m

. Reconstruction of concrete roads at a cost of R19m.

. Non-motorised transport projects to the value of R18m.

Other operational projects include:

. Canal upgrades worth R600 000.

. Expanded public works programme sporting hubs at a cost of R300 000.

. Safety Lab stabilisation for R3.25m.

. Revitalisation of structures for early childhood development for R100 000.

“I want to make an appeal to all community members to be our eyes and ears here on the ground.

Let us know urgently if you suspect that there is any delay in the construction process. If you don’t see things progressing as they should, let us know so that we can intervene sooner rather than later,” De Lille says.

“I am looking forward to the continued relationship with the steering committee and the officials assigned to this project. I also look forward to us all returning in July 2018 when we will be celebrating the completion of the Manenberg integrated park.”

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