New lawn, tar and bin for park

2017-09-12 06:00
Bishoplea Park in Claremont will be spruced up. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Bishoplea Park in Claremont will be spruced up. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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Bishoplea Park and its surroundings in Claremont will get a new face as the ward councillor has announced plans to upgrade it before the summer holidays.

Construction is expected to start in October. The park was last upgraded in 2013 and gym equipment was installed in 2015.

According to reports the park’s condition has deteriorated over the years due to normal use and there has been no vandalism. The only serious issue the park reportedly faces is littering and vagrancy.

Councillor Ian Iverson explains that the tar on Bishoplea Road has worn away in a number of areas and the council is in the process to appoint a contractor to resurface sections. He says another contractor has been appointed to take care of the lawn while the rusted litter bin will be removed and replaced with a large plastic container.

He says just outside the entrance to the park roots have pushed the stone gutter which restricts the flow of water when it rains.

He also says he is concerned about illegal parking taking place in neighbouring Grove Street.

“Many motorists park over the sidewalk, which means that pedestrians are forced to walk in the road. The City of Cape Town’s roads branch will be installing bollards along this section of the road to allow the safe passage of pedestrians,” Iverson says.

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