Kids spoil dog walk

2017-06-20 06:00
Woodstock resident Soulsby Bodart plays with her dog at Queen’s Park while neighbour Fakir Jessa walks through from the children’s park side.

Woodstock resident Soulsby Bodart plays with her dog at Queen’s Park while neighbour Fakir Jessa walks through from the children’s park side. (Nomzamo Yuku)

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Visitors to local parks in Woodstock want the City of Cape Town to make plans for monitoring the two parks in the suburb.

Residents say Queens Park and Fairview Road Park are a disgrace and no-one cares about them.

While Fairview is reportedly unsafe and dirty, Queens Park is said to be posing a danger to local children visiting the kid’s park located closer to the dog’s park with the same entrance.

Soulsby Bodart says because children cross the dog’s park, they find it hard to enjoy their stroll with their puppies because some children are scared of the dogs, forcing the owners to hold them whenever children pass by.

She says she complained to the council about the condition of Fairview park but never received a response. She decided to go to Queens Park only to find the situation unimpressive.

Another issue raised was the lack of lights in local parks to make them enjoyable during evenings or in the early hours of the morning.

Gayle Lazans says: “Some people cannot use the park at all because they do not have a chance during daylight and it gets too dark in the evenings and at around 05:00 in the morning for them to take a walk or bring dogs around here. We plead with the City of Cape Town to install lights in the parks and have at least someone to monitor them.

“These parks are a shame, they are not safe and they can be dirty at times; let alone the risk posed to the children. Something has to be done.”

Fakir Jessa says he is angry about the situation at Queens Park because it is depriving him of a chance to take a walk with his grandchildren and take them to play because he fears the dogs’ diseases as they have to go through the dog park first.

Jessa says sometimes visitors fail to pick up their dog’s poo. He says he has complained to the City but has also not received a response.

He says 10 years ago the park had a passage way to the kid’s park but it was closed when renovations took place.

During People’s Post’s visit to Queens Park people were seen walking their dogs from the other side of the park through the children’s park to the dog park.

When one person was asked about this, she said it was the closest entrance for her and if there was a passage way she would not walk her dogs through the children’s park.

Mayco member for Area North, Councillor Suzette Little says lighting is not provided in community parks as their opening times are from sunrise to sunset and the closing times of parks in Woodstock were agreed upon a few years ago by residents, the local sub council and the ward councillor.

“Queens Park has a dog park and a children’s park, and it has two entrances. One entrance is on one street and to get to the children’s park one has to walk around to the other side. The area is separated and users only have to walk through the dog park if they do not want to walk to the next street.

Community members have keys to access the park. This system is working well and keys are available at the Trafalgar Park depot for residents. No incidents involving dogs have been reported to the area office.”

She adds that most of the parks in Woodstock have a maintenance worker who cleans up daily and the City also provides a service to empty the bins twice a week or more. “Park users should also take responsibility and use the litter bins provided,” says Little.

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