Spray park is open

2015-05-05 06:00
Ward councillor Simon Liell-Cock and City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for community services and special projects  Belinda Walker during a visit to the new Ocean View spray park. 


Ward councillor Simon Liell-Cock and City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for community services and special projects Belinda Walker during a visit to the new Ocean View spray park. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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The snags have been dealt with and the Ocean View spray is open for use.

The R3.5m park came under scrutiny at the last South Peninsula subcouncil meeting as councillors questioned whether the snags had been sorted and the contract signed off.

At the time subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase explained she was informed there were cracks and wood and nails ­exposed.

Proportional councillor Patricia Francke requested a site meet with the contractor and said should any works be incomplete the contractor would have to return and ­rectify them.

Recently Belinda Walker, City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, visited the park which she said had been operational since March.

She said there was extensive testing to ­ensure that the water pressure and the filtration system were operating optimally ­before the spray park could be opened.

Asked whether the problems mentioned at the meeting were resolved, Walker says: “The electricity and the filtration system are both in full working order. The surface is made of the same material as the other spray parks. The snags will be completed as per the contract and do not impact on the use of the facility”.

Walker says spray parks are ideal for safe and water-wise recreation.

“Since there is no standing water, there is practically no risk of drowning.”

There is however a risk associated with any form of active recreation where children are running and playing.

“A section of this spray park has a series of more gentle ground sprays and has been specifically designed for younger children.”

She says adult supervision is important to ensure reckless play is prevented.

“Low-wall seating areas have been provided within the spray park to provide a comfortable space for parents and guardians to sit and socialise whilst their children play. An outdoor gym is also being provided nearby to encourage whole families to visit and enjoy this recreational space together. It is hoped that these provisions will ­increase the number of adults in this space and provide greater surveillance over the spray park.”

Asked why the City opted to build spray parks as opposed to pools, Walker says: “Spray parks are not provided instead of a swimming pool, as these are two very different kinds of facilities which do not substitute for one another. The City will continue to provide and maintain municipal swimming pools. Spray parks are intended to be a new and innovative kind of public space, which encourage imaginative, active play.”

Walker explains a play leader has been tasked with turning the spray park on and off as required.

Along with staff from the City’s sports, recreation and amenities department, this person has received special training on how to manage the park.

Park entry is free and it will be open ­between 10:00 and 17:00.

“Unlike municipal pools, spray parks are not bound in their operations by the availability of lifeguards so we are able to keep them operational beyond the seasonal dates if there is a demand for this from the community,” Walker adds

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