Skate park a reality

2018-09-18 06:00
A draft of the approved Eyethu Skate Park plan.

A draft of the approved Eyethu Skate Park plan.

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There is hope for the Eyethu Skate Park project initiated by the Hout Bay Rotary Club.

Peter Dutton, president of The Hout Bay Rotary Club, says the City of Cape Town has approved the application, and construction work will commence next month.

He says although they do not have the exact dates yet, they are confident that the project will be a success.

Dutton says they have waited for a very long time for the approval of the plan and are excited that their dream is finally becoming a reality.

“This skate park is an ideal project to get the community together. It is a much-needed facility to bring everyone together to share a common goal.”

He says even though there will be job creation during the construction phase “it is not necessarily meant for that, it is to unite them.”

Dutton says the budget for the project is estimated at R1.4m, but there is currently about R850 000 available.

These funds have been raised through donations and there will be two companies providing materials and service.

“We hope it shall be sufficient just for the build element, allowing for input from Mica and Amandla Construction.

“But their involvement should substantially reduce the build cost which was estimated from engineering plans at around R1.4m. We have also had massive support from Peninsula Beverage Company which is providing R350 000. The Rotary Club of Hout Bay is putting in R100 000. The rest we have gathered by golf day revenue, crowdfunding, donations from sister Rotary clubs and generally from kind donations. Our funding team is very active at the moment looking to find a further R300 000 to R400 000 which would be needed for continued mentoring and teaching as well as equipment and maintenance­.”

Mayco member (North) Suzette Little says the Recreation and Parks Department supports the initiative and believes this skate park will add value to the precinct.

She says the City allocated available land within the Hout Bay Sports Ground for this proposed development and a three-year lease agreement was entered into with the Rotary Club.

“Hout Bay Rotary Club approached the City to initiate the development of a skate park in Hout Bay. The Recreation and Parks Department supports the initiative and believes this skate park will add value to the precinct. The Hout Bay Sports Ground is a family recreation area with good potential to attract and engage the youth in positive recreation through the addition of a skate park.”

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