Riverside park plan

2016-01-26 06:00
An urban park will be developed at the convergence of the Black and Liesbeek rivers.  PHOTO: Astrid Februarie

An urban park will be developed at the convergence of the Black and Liesbeek rivers. PHOTO: Astrid Februarie

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Planning is gathering pace for the development of an urban park at the convergence of the Black and Liesbeek rivers.

The City of Cape Town and Western Cape government’s vision for their “Two Rivers Urban Park” project is envisaged as a mixed-use, transit-oriented development with a mix of residential and commercial opportunities within a connected landscape.

The development will function as a gateway to the city because of its central location. The envisioned development will be located around a central park with the two rivers.

The vision is to provide sustainability, conservation, recreation, employment, production and connected neighbourhoods, the City says in a statement.

The project aims to release 120ha of land within the area for the creation of the mixed-use development.

A memorandum of cooperation relating to the project has now been signed between the City, the Western Cape government and the Netherlands.

Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, says: “There is still much work to be done in terms of feasibility studies before any plan can be cast in stone. The memorandum with the Dutch government is for us to capitalise on their technical expertise.

“In addition to the extensive feasibility studies, a lot of planning needs to be done before a concept design can be developed. Importantly, any processes going forward will entail the required forms of public participation and engagement.”

All planning and implementation phases will be undertaken collaboratively between the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government, together with technical support from leading experts from the Netherlands.

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