Have your say on park

2018-05-08 06:01
Dolphin Park's future could be at stake

Dolphin Park's future could be at stake

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Fish Hoek residents have been left between a rock and a hard place having to decide on what should be done with Dolphin Park.

It has come to the residents’ attention that the City of Cape Town is planning to sell some parks and Dolphin Park is reportedly one of them. However, the residents have been told that if they come up with a development plan they will keep the park – if not it will have to be sold or leased out to take the management off the City’s shoulders. The City of Cape Town is according to reports open to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and the ball has been left in the residents’ court.

Now the community is torn apart, with some saying it should be sold off as the park is attracting criminals and being used by the homeless, hence it is of no use. Others are of the view that if sold or leased, the community has lost this park forever.

Fish Hoek Valley Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association (FHVRRA) says they have heard that the City plans to either sell Dolphin Park or would be open to receiving rent or lease (possibly at a lower rate) if a management agreement (MOU) on what to do with the park is accepted.

Responding to questions sent to them, the FHVRRA says someone – possibly the FHVRRA in the absence of anyone else – would need to coordinate the public’s feelings on what to do with the park in order to craft the MOU. Furthermore, they say that due to a crime problem, most neighbours want it sold. “The next-door neighbours on the same side of Simon’s Town Road have turned their backs on this property by raising high walls or a solid garage door. Those situated immediately opposite it would not like their view blocked. Most local residents that used to use the exercise equipment there or just pass through, have stopped. Some homeless people are using it at night and we have heard that criminals strike tourists on Jager Walk and escape through there.”

The FHVRRA says they need the community to respond. “If they want to purchase it outright, the land alone is valued roughly at R3m. On top of that would be funds required to build whatever was proposed, for example an education or study centre, childcare centre or restaurant. If sold there will be less City management overhead.”

Revamp the Valley has been drawing attention to this matter through social media and they want the community to be involved.

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