Historical markers planned for promenade

2018-02-06 06:01

Interpretative displays will freeze moments of the Sea Point Promenade in time, as an upgrade of the popular public space continues.

As part of the upgrade to the promenade, sites with historical value or of interest will be identified and demarcated with interpretive displays, printed onto ceramic tiles for longevity and ease of replacement, says Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development.

In 2015, it was recommended that the promenade be graded as a 3A heritage resource, the highest heritage grading, in a heritage impact assessment carried out as part of the multimillion rand upgrade (“High-grade promenade”, People’s Post, 30 April 2015). The assessment also suggested a heritage management plan be drawn up for the promenade.

The City of Cape Town conducted a heritage impact assessment as part of the environmental impact assessment for the upgrades to the seawall and landscaping project currently underway, explains ­Herron.

“From this heritage study, as well as previous studies, the master plan for the Sea Point/Mouille Point Promenade upgrade was endorsed by Heritage Western Cape, subject to the City doing interpretive boards for sites of interest,” Herron says.

There are a number of sites of interest along the length of the promenade that have been identified, Herron adds

“These sites will get interpretive displays along different themes that were identified from the historical research in the comprehensive heritage study, for example the lighthouses, railway, pools, forts and batteries, shipwrecks and social events or stories,” he says.

“The promenade is an important local heritage resource and landmark in Cape Town.

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