St Johns Road Park to get ‘fresh look’

2015-10-27 06:00

St Johns Road Park is getting a larger, fenced area for dogs and the play equipment will be painted.

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St Johns Road Park is getting a larger, fenced area for dogs and the play equipment will be painted. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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AR100 000 upgrade will bring a dedicated dog walking area to the St Johns Road Park.

A section of the park is already allocated to off-leash activities, but due to the number of people using this park with dogs it has been decided to make the area larger, explains ward councillor Jacques Weber.

“The park is used by a large number of residents who bring their dogs to the park. Unfortunately, due the number of dogs using the majority of the park it has a negative effect on the grass and it struggles to grow,” he says.

A low-level fence will be installed between the two areas, Weber explains.

“The area is not completely separated, but it will be clear which side is meant for what,” he says.

Some of the equipment will be moved around to accommodate the extended dog run area and to allow for mothers to keep their eyes on their children, Weber says.

General maintenance and upgrades will also be carried out.

“This will only have a beneficial effect on the community as we are also going to be painting the equipment, placing some softer ground under some of the equipment and giving the park a fresh look,” he says.

The park is already a dog- and child-friendly place, where both co-exist very well, says Theodore Yach, spokesperson of the Sea Point, Fresnaye and Bantry Bay (SFB) Ratepayers’ Association.

“The SFB executive committee welcomes the City’s intention to portion off a section of the Park for dogs only. These City initiatives are welcomed and will work across our City, so long as dog owners understand that they have a responsibility to other users in the park with regard to safety and excrement removal,” Yach says

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