New skate ramp at Prince George

2015-11-03 06:00
A new skateboard ramp at Prince George Park can now be enjoyed by local skaters.

A new skateboard ramp at Prince George Park can now be enjoyed by local skaters.

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Skaters in Southfield can now practise their skills at Prince George Park, as a new skateboard ramp was recently installed by the City of Cape Town.

The installation was done a few weeks ago in an effort to enhance the facility and to make it more user-friendly to everyone who enjoys going to the park.

Ward councillor Kevin Southgate says the park is open to locals, all residents from surrounding areas and children who are interested in skateboarding.

“There are a number of young people who skate in the area and now they can practise their skills in a safe environment where the equipment is available to them,” he says.

He hopes the ramp will add value to the youth and will encourage more young people to take part in outdoor activities.

“There are even children who come from Parkwood who skate at the Southfield park and I am sure everyone is enjoying the new addition to the facility. There are other play equipment for children, but the skateboard ramp just adds another dimension,” he says.

In the past the park had been quiet and not used regularly by locals or residents of the surrounding area because it only had a limited amount of play equipment. But he now hopes to see the community make use of the park more often.

“The park is fairly safe as it is enclosed and there are residents who have the responsibility for opening and closing the park,” he says.

The park gates are unlocked in the early hours of the morning and locked at night to ensure that it is well-maintained and to deter criminal activity.

“We have had no issues with people sleeping there, dumping unwanted items or criminal activity, as residents look after the park and ensure the children are safe when making using of the facility,” he says.

Southgate further states that the addition to the park’s choice of activities will hopefully encourage people to engage with one another and to get to know their neighbours.

“The park is not only for young people but for all in the community to enjoy and I encourage residents to make use of it,” he says.

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