New entrance welcomes locals

2017-07-18 06:02
The new entrance to Princess Vlei looks much more inviting. It is part of an upgrade to the area.

The new entrance to Princess Vlei looks much more inviting. It is part of an upgrade to the area.

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Princess Vlei is looking better and more beautiful now that one of the many projects planned for the vlei has been­ ­completed.

The successful campaign to resist building a shopping centre at the vlei, led by the Princess Vlei Forum, led to the development of projects at the vlei.

Their campaign included collectives of cultural, community, environmental and spiritual groupings, including religious leaders and artists.

Recently an initiative launched by the City of Cape Town in partnership with the forum completed the first phase of the project, consisting of a new entrance, new parking facility and a lookout platform.

This forms part of the overall upgrade envisaged for vlei that will transform it into a family-friendly environmental park.

Ward councillor Kevin Southgate says their hope is that the community will appreciate the investment.

“Over R1m was put in this project. We are calling on everyone who uses the vlei to take good care of it. Please take responsibility and ownership of the space by ensuring that it is kept free of vandalism and other acts of antisocial behaviour.

“The vision is for the facility to be transformed into a recreational hub that will serve the greater community for generations to come,” he says.

The vlei is also used as an environmental education space by local schools that visit to learn about the flora and the fauna of the vlei.

“We have no doubt that the upgrade to the facility will see the area transformed into a beautiful community recreational ­facility.

“The planting of trees project was a great initiative by the forum to raise awareness and promote a sense of ownership and responsibility among the youth. I would like to commend the participating schools for their support and trust that they will become the ambassadors of the message that we need to be good stewards of the environment and preserve it for generations to come.”

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