Vandalism down at court

2016-04-12 06:00
One of the abutting neighbours paints court markings.

One of the abutting neighbours paints court markings.

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Following the official opening of the multi-purpose court in June last year, the infrastructure at the Beacon Valley park has been actively used and taken care of by the local community.

“The community raised the need for active spaces for soccer and netball in Beacon Valley. For the reason that there is only a community centre in Beacon Valley and few netball courts,” says ward councillor Sollomon Philander.

“Teams raised with the me that they must travel outside of the area to play netball and soccer due to there not being sufficient spaces in Beacon Valley.”

Situated in Alpine Road, the park has been looked after and vandalism has been reduced thanks to the help of families living adjacent to the park.

The high-mast lights have also not been vandalised thanks to an active partnership between the ward councillor and the Beacon Valley community.

“Vandalism is a general problem and I would like to thank the community for taking ownership. This is the way forward no vandalism means that progress is made possible when we implement projects,” says Philander.

With the help of City Parks Mitchell’s Plain, the land was secured and the court finished.

“The budget phased in the first year we allocated for the court, Gym equipment and wooden play equipment.

“The electricity department funded the lights on the Public open space. We will continue to develop the land using ward allocation money,” says Philander.

The court has allowed local netball teams to enjoy evening games without needing to be carted around to indoor facilities and at the same time enhancing their skills.

Residents have taken ownership of this open space.

“Once government invested in the community the assets are left with community for the community. Repairing or replacing assets set the community back and delay implementation of ward plans in the specific area,” explains Philander.

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