Open area spruced up

2015-11-10 06:00
A mountain bike trail and play area have been completed in Higgovale.

A mountain bike trail and play area have been completed in Higgovale.

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A mountain bike track and play area have been installed in public open space in Higgovale.

The City of Cape Town has teamed up with residents of Higgovale, the Film Industry Fund and Table Mountain Bikers to improve the public open space between Glen Crescent and Leeuwenhof Road, explains ward councillor Dave Bryant.

The completed upgrade now includes an impressive mountain biking track which was conceptualised and installed by Table Mountain Bikers after go-ahead was received from City parks.

The cyclists frequently use the green belt after evening mountain rides, and after repairing a few of the trails, realised the park held much more potential, Table Mountain Bikers’ Robert Vogel previously told People’s Post (“Bike trails become family-friendly park”, 7 July).

The upgrade aimed to revitalise a strip of forested green belt with a stream, creating an area which is both child-friendly and for serious cyclists. The completed trails cater to a range of levels.

The trail upgrade comes as mountain bikers are finding trails in the city few and far between.

Most of the mountainous areas falls under Table Mountain National Park; there are only three official trails on the mountain. Earlier this year, one of these trails was closed following a fire, Vogel says.

The City has helped with logistical support, vegetation clearing and extra signage for the trail. Further improvements include a new wooden play structure which has been installed by the City through a donation received from the Film Industry Fund.

Bryant says: “This piece of public open space is incredibly special for the community and I have met with a number of residents in the past to discuss potential ideas to increase the usage and ensure that antisocial elements do not move in. By increasing local usage of these areas we can further improve vigilance and combat crime and antisocial behaviour.”

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