18 months ago The City of Cape Town, along with the Western Cape Government, announced a new vision for the Manenberg Park area, which is going to be realised through the Manenberg Park Project.
“Manenberg was identified as one of the areas to be part of the mayoral urban regeneration programme because we felt the need for urgent redress here. Now that we are in a second term, we are getting on with delivering on the promises that we made to this community,” said Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille on Monday.
The project involves three areas of development. The first area is the upgrade of Marico Park – an existing park adjacent to the Manenberg Swimming Pool. The second area is linking the park to the Greens sports fields – the two sites will be connected by a pedestrian walkway lined with trees and lighting. The third area includes the development of an informal recreation area within the existing recreational facility.
The integrated facility will include:
- Passive recreation areas with large trees to provide picnic and relaxation areas
- Seating for spectators to watch games
- Play parks with custom-designed play structures for a range of age groups
- Areas with outdoor exercise zones, equipment, and multipurpose courts for informal ball games
- A custom-designed track and multipurpose play area in the park
The City of Cape Town has set aside R15,7 million for this project, which is expected to be complete by July 2018. This is part of a more than R73,9 million investment that has been made in Manenberg through the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme thus far.
Some capital projects in the area include:
- Floodlights on the Manenberg field for R4 million
- Elsieskraal park upgrade at a cost of R3,4 million
- Sport facilities worth R10 million
- Reconstruction of concrete roads at a cost of R19 million
- Non-motorised transport projects to the value of R18 million
Other operational investment highlights include:
- Canal upgrades: R600 000
- Expanded Public Works Programme sporting hubs: R300 000
- Safety Lab stabilisation: R3,25 million
- Early Childhood Development – revitalisation of structures: R100 000
The project forms part of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan and is aimed at addressing the legacy of apartheid spatial planning; “our history resulted in people of colour being dumped here, with complete disregard for which infrastructure they needed” says de Lille.
The interventions are focused on accommodating family recreation and youth development within an integrated and multipurpose precinct. Additional priorities include resource efficiency, security, movement and building inclusive communities.
The plans for the park were developed through a successful partnership between the City and a steering committee under the leadership of Mr Jonathan Jansen. “I had a meeting with [the steering committee] and it was so inspirational to listen to the dreams and plans that they have to transform Manenberg. Through their work and consultation, we are here today to make some of those dreams a reality”, says de Lille.
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Media Office, City of Cape Town. 2017. Statement by the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille. Press Release.
Image 1 : Bruce Sutherland
Image 2 & 3 : Cape Town Media Office