Spring clean spruces up spaces

2017-09-26 06:00

Several public spaces have been given a spring clean by the Green Point Improvement District.

The improvement district team has been hard at work over the last few weeks to bring about improvements to the precinct. These include repaving a popular part of Chiappini Street, repaving a leisure area under the trees at St Andrew’s Square, and planting 174m² of roll-on lawn outside a public dog park in Castle Street.

The upgrade on Chiappini Street came about when the owner of a local auto detailing business raised the fact that he was struggling to get his customers’ cars in and out of his entrance, due to the deteriorated pavement. This section was not upgraded as part of the 2010 Soccer World Cup upgrade, explains improvement district CEO, Marc Truss. When considering the improvement, the improvement district looked at the entire section and used the opportunity to also extend the improved brick theme further along the road for an overall improved appearance, he says.

“We are very happy with the end result. It has significantly improved the look and feel of this popular road.”

Just around the corner, in St Andrew’s Square, improvements are also underway.

Over the years, the cobblestone areas around the trees had become very dirty due to the south-easter blowing sand and dirt across the area; and with water restrictions, it was also no longer viable to hose it off, Truss explains.

“The stones also often caused problems for ladies with high-heeled shoes,” he says. “These worn sections made the space look less kept and clean. We therefore decided to replace it with a hard surface like paving and created another pause area where people can sit, gather their thoughts and even feed the pigeons.”

Just a block above St Andrew’s Square, the improvement district has also rolled out lawn near a dog park created in a partnership between the City and @Frits Dog Hotel and Daycare Centre.

The improvement district has sponsored the roll-on lawn needed for the park.

Truss says: “When the area was fenced, the trenches they dug resulted in the surface becoming hard compacted mud. The rainy weather didn’t help and it was evident that the grass wouldn’t grow back on its own – that’s why we decided to donate instant lawn to cover the whole area. The park is a great addition to the area and we wanted to assist in making it look nice.”

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