Waterfront park ‘to link city to sea’

2018-10-02 06:00
An artist’s rendering of Battery Park, set to be completed this month.

An artist’s rendering of Battery Park, set to be completed this month.

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A new park, set to be completed this month, will meld old and new.

Battery Park is a new urban park under construction in the V&A Waterfront’s Canal District, which aims to “integrate Cape Town’s CBD and the V&A Waterfront through a series of pedestrian routes, including one alongside the canal”, the V&A says in a statement.

Visitors to the park will also be able to engage in a range of outdoor recreation, entertainment and retail activities in various levels of public spaces.

A four-storey public parking facility is constructed beneath the park with entrances via Alfred Street or Dock Road. The V&A Waterfront will be responsible for all security, cleaning and maintenance of the park.

Each area of the park contains public walking paths and benches. Landscaping consists of waterwise fynbos and other indigenous plants and trees. A combination of rainwater harvesting and greywater is used to maintain the plants.

Battery Park is on the site of Amsterdam Battery, which was constructed by the Dutch in 1784 to defend Table Bay Harbour from attack from enemy ships. In 1827 the Battery was converted by the British to house prisoners from the Eastern Cape Frontier wars. The Battery was substantially remodelled by the British in 1882 and strengthened in 1879 with surplus material from the Breakwater quarry. In 1898 it was disbanded. It was partially demolished in 1905 to make way for the harbour.

The park is expected to host a range of water sport activities from standup paddling to kayaking and swimming. The canal also provides a link between the V&A Waterfront and the Cape Town International Convention Centre through water taxis that ferry passengers between both points.

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