It’s about thorny time

2017-04-18 06:01
The thorns on play parks will be mechanically removed while spraying herbicide to get rid of weeds will be done later this month.

The thorns on play parks will be mechanically removed while spraying herbicide to get rid of weeds will be done later this month. (Samantha Lee)

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The overgrown grass, weeds and thorns on play parks should be dealt with by the end of this month.

Several residents have complained to People’s Post about the unruly state of play parks that make them unusable by children.

One resident says her grandchildren often visit her and want to use the park but can’t because of the many thorns on the ground.

Other residents complain of litter and broken bottles hidden in the long grass that also pose a threat to children.

Siyabulela Mamkeli, Mayco member (Central), says the City of Cape Town’s parks department is responsible for the maintenance of play parks.

He adds that mowing at the parks is managed by a roster.

“Mowing takes place every six weeks, while weeding through the spraying of herbicides occurs every six months. Mechanical weeding was last conducted in February,” he says.

He adds City officials also keep an eye on play parks with the help of community workers and volunteers.

“Through the recreation and parks department’s interaction with the local neighbourhood watch and volunteers within the community, the City is regularly informed of the situation at all of its parks and public open spaces.”

Weed control is only done through the spraying of herbicides. The next spraying will take place this month for various parks.

Mamkeli says the thorns will also be removed.

“The recreation and parks department will remove the thorns mechanically, and will spray herbicides later this month.

“It is also important to bear in mind that the City carefully considers the impact of any products that are used in order to ensure the safety of residents, animals and plants. All usage is in accordance with legislation.”

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