Bringing life to park

2017-11-07 06:00
Bishoplea Park in Claremont looks brighter after renovations.PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

Bishoplea Park in Claremont looks brighter after renovations.PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

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Visitors to Bishoplea Park in Claremont can enjoy the newly renovated and safe park as the City of Cape Town has attended to recent complaints.

The park now looks bright and lively with the play equipment painted and fixed. The grass has been cut and an extra bench was installed. There is also a caretaker keeping an eye on it.

Two regular visitors praised the new look and the prompt action taken by the City after the community reported on its state in ­September.

Khaadeja Crow says she has been visiting the park for two years.

“We like it because it is always quiet and now it looks much better than a few months ago. It feels safe and much brighter,” says Crow.

Nicole February adds that she appreciates that the officials listened to complaints and did something about it. She says the park was deteriorating and unwelcoming and they were starting to lose interest in visiting.

Councillor Ian Iversen says the caretaker will be responsible for keeping the park clean and for reporting problems.

He says: “Residents and people who work in the Claremont CBD will find comfort in the fact that the caretaker will be the ears and eyes of the parks department. If any of the play equipment is damaged, the caretaker will warn the public and alert the parks branch management to undertake the necessary repairs.

“The presence of the caretaker will result in those who might be thinking of getting up to mischief to think twice about entering the park. I would like residents and their children to introduce themselves to the caretaker so that he gets to know people.”

He says the renovations are part of the ongoing project of fixing public facilities in ward 59.

A damaged bus shelter near the intersection of Main and Rouwkoop roads in Rondebosch was also recently rebuilt. It now has a bench, unlike the old one.

He says the old one had been demolished by an out-of-control car.

“The rubble was quickly removed but the shelter has certainly taken ages to replace. Residents of the local Rondebosch retirement homes who use public transport were inconvenienced and they certainly made their frustration about the lack of bus shelter known to me. Residents can now wait for transport in the comfort of the shelter,” Iversen says.

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