Historic Cape Town park to be revived

2016-02-18 20:01


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Cape Town - A historic part of Cape Town will be revived in an integrated project between the communities of District Six, Woodstock and the City of Cape Town.

Trafalgar Park, formally established in 1905 for the residents of District Six, was then known as the East End Plantation, the City said in a statement.

The three-hectare park then consisted of a garden, similar to the Company’s Garden at the time, with flower beds, a rose garden and pine trees which stretched to the lower slopes of Table Mountain.

It also housed the French Central Redoubt fort, declared a National Monument in 1968.

Mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning, Johan van der Merwe, said the park had not been used optimally over the years.

However, an integrated and inclusive plan had now been devised to revitalise the area.

"Some upgrades have been done to the heritage resources, swimming pool and fencing, but the new emphasis is on integrating the entire park which will encourage a sense of community ownership and increased use of the park by law-abiding local residents and the community as a whole," he said.

"A vision plan was therefore drawn up, a safety and security framework has been developed, and the process of establishing a trust fund to manage private sector donations has begun."

Once the plan was adopted by locals and the subcouncil, the City would start with the phased planning of various upgrade projects, with the goal being an "integrated approach where the City Parks, Transport for Cape Town, Safety and Security, and Sport, Recreation and Amenities and other City role players work and plan with the community".

"This is an important year for the residents of District Six especially and our hope is that this public space can be changed into a community- and family-friendly space for the park’s neighbouring communities," Van der Merwe said.

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