Park’s lookout deck is almost ready

2017-09-19 06:01
The pergola is almost complete in the Westridge Park biodiversity garden.

The pergola is almost complete in the Westridge Park biodiversity garden.

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Construction of the lookout deck in the Westridge Park biodiversity garden is well on its way.

Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South), conducted a site visit to monitor the progress of construction of a timber pergola and lookout deck in the garden last week.

The City of Cape Town’s environmental management department, together with the recreation and parks department, is constructing the pergola and deck totalling more than R500 000.

“This project involves rehabilitating the existing dune in Westridge Park by planting endemic vegetation and creating an outdoor educational biodiversity garden to showcase indigenous, water-wise planting that displays the region’s biodiversity and demonstrates responsible environmental and gardening practices,” says Andrews.

“Constructed at a cost of R553 000, this project is being implemented in phases and includes clearing the dune of existing alien vegetation, constructing timber boardwalks to formalise the desired lines and pathways on the dune, constructing a mosaic wall seating area, constructing a covered lookout point at the top of the dune, planting indigenous endemic vegetation on and around the dune, and installing interpretive signage and interactive displays. The covered lookout point at the top of the dune should be completed before the end of ­September.”

The aim of the project is to create an attractive and accessible destination point within Westridge Park and to create interest and allow for education in an entertaining and absorbing manner for visitors who may not normally visit botanical gardens.

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