New look after park upgrades

2015-09-22 06:00
The Bond Street Park in Colorado Park has been kitted out in colourful outdoor gym and play equipment.  

Lisle Brown - City of Cape town

The Bond Street Park in Colorado Park has been kitted out in colourful outdoor gym and play equipment. PHOTOS: Lisle Brown - City of Cape town

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Two city parks now enjoy a new look following an upgrade.

The City of Cape Town upgraded two public open spaces in Mitchell’s Plain through ward allocation funding.

The Bond Street Park in Colorado Park was a public open space with no play equipment and was used mainly for informal soccer matches.

Thanks to ward allocation funding of R150 000, the park has now been upgraded with new wooden play equipment, a see-saw, a joy wheel, swings, a jungle gym and outdoor gym equipment. Trees have also been planted to beautify the park.

Last year the City’s World Design Capital (WDC 2014) team joined forces with Ward 75 residents to host co-design workshops.

The aim of these workshops was to brainstorm ideas on how to improve public open spaces in the area. The ideas from the workshops formed the basis of the upgrade design.

The Russel Harvey Park in New Woodlands was a dilapidated park with limited play items, but the community has helped to make progress possible by agreeing to start a community garden in the park. The City provided tools, plants and compost and the community has signed a community gardening agreement with the City.

They have taken ownership of the park and will continue to do the gardening in the park.

The City further allocated R50 000 from ward allocation funding for the upgrading of the park.

A fence has been erected and new play equipment, benches, tables, footpaths and trees all add to its aesthetic value.

“These parks allow local community members to use gardening as a means of beautifying their local environment, which contributes to the overall quality of life of the community and can also provide an economic opportunity through skills development. The provision of quality spaces in which to live, work, learn and play instils a true sense of community, shared ownership and pride,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Belinda Walker

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