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Old June 30th, 2009, 08:27 PM   #21
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I've got a feeling, like I've seen a similar stadium before. Anyway, the location is brilliant.
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Old July 1st, 2009, 05:32 AM   #22
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nice maquillage for Green Point, and that Stadium...wow...
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Old August 8th, 2009, 09:16 PM   #23
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Huge but looks good

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Old August 8th, 2009, 09:50 PM   #24
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Old August 13th, 2009, 06:20 AM   #25
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That must be one of the best locations on Earth!
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Old September 6th, 2009, 11:12 PM   #26
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Progress progress progress
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New street lighting on Somerset Rd...


Fanmile landscaping on Green Point Main Rd...




New Green Point Circle approach.


The new circle...






Looking down the new Granger Bay Boulevard...


Site of the BRT Station Green Point...


New pedestrian improvements in Three Anchor Bay along Main Rd...


Even the back-roads in Mouille Point are being redone...


New golf course..


Installing the lakes at the urban park...


Upgrades commencing towards the Mouille Point lighthouse...
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Old September 16th, 2009, 11:51 PM   #27
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Old September 18th, 2009, 11:28 PM   #28
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Old September 19th, 2009, 01:52 AM   #29
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Perfect integration the city and nature.
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Old September 21st, 2009, 06:08 PM   #30
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Old November 18th, 2009, 09:16 PM   #31
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Old November 19th, 2009, 04:05 AM   #32
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Looks fantastic. Will provide a huge legecy for the people of Cape Town and South Africa for many years. A decision to develop this area of the city will be looked back upon as one of the most significant in Cape Town.
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More here: http://www.capetown.gov.za/en/FIFA20...rogress46.aspx





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Old March 11th, 2010, 04:21 PM   #35
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March 2010 update- Cape Town Stadium complete; work on the Urban Park/ People's Park continues to progress at speed.
Do visit the local thread for more frequent updates; http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...3#post53203943
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The City of Cape Town is set to unveil a multi-million rand park in the next few months, with officials saying the facility would become a "great inner-city park", similar to those in cities around the world.
And while attention in recent years has been almost exclusively focused on the park's R4.5 billion neighbour, the Cape Town Stadium, the Green Point Park is bound to lure Capetonians and tourists alike far into the future.
The park has been silently taking shape while fanfare surrounds the stadium and the city says it hopes to have all construction and landscaping of the 12.5ha park, which cost R54 million to develop, completed in time for World Biodiversity Day on May 22.
Pete van Heerden, the city's 2010 planning co-ordinator, said it would serve the everyday recreational needs of people who lived and worked in the city and beyond.
It had to become a "people's park", he said, adamant that it was not for Atlantic Seaboard residents only.
The park would be open from sunrise to sunset throughout the year and would be freely accessible to all, he said.
Van Heerden said security would be of the utmost importance, to ensure that visitors felt safe and comfortable.
Landscape architect Johan van Papendorp said amenities had been designed to lure young and old and would also accommodate disabled people.
An "inclusive play area" was being built, with special playground structures for disabled children alongside the equipment for the able-bodied.
The Sea Point Rotary Club hadsponsored the equipment.
Adults would have a play area of their own, in the form of a "fitness precinct". This would have weather-resilient steel structures to cater to the fitness needs of park visitors.
Van Heerden said the common area, about the size of a cricket oval, would be kept clear so that the space could be used for events such as concerts, organic-produce markets or the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.
But most of the time the common would not be used for organised events and this was when families, friends and tourists could picnic and play.
There is also an amphitheatre, which is comparable in size to the one at the V&A Waterfront, and provision has been made for a tea room.
The park, which is shaped like a triangle with a "leg" abutting one corner, is accessible from four gates.
It is surrounded by a cycle track and a pedestrian walkway, with one path cutting straight from Western Boulevard on to the promenade, with the Mouille Point lighthouse the focus for most of the way and the Metropolitan golf course on the right.
Both Van Heerden and Papendorp waxed lyrical about the biodiversity garden, which is situated among bodies of water which will be fed by water flowing from Table Mountain which had previously run into the sea.
Van Heerden said the park would be irrigated by stormwater for now but that construction on the system which would use overflow from the mountain spring was in progress.
The park has already garnered praise from those observing its progress.
Urban Green File magazine commented recently that it was setting "a new standard" for landscape design of urban parks and public spaces in South Africa.
Cape Town Partnership chief executive officer Andrew Boraine, who inspected the area by cycle on January 23, the day of the first football match at the new stadium, said that he had no doubt that the facility would become "one of the best-used public open spaces in Cape Town".
While previously residents around the park had raised concerns over the stadium and surrounding developments, Marco van Embden, of the Mouille Point Residents and Ratepayers Association, said yesterday that people had "generally come to terms" with the idea that the development could be for the greater good.
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Old July 25th, 2010, 08:30 PM   #36
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The Park is to be completed in the next few months
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Old September 4th, 2010, 08:07 PM   #37
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2010 Soccer World Cup generates the reconstruction of the Green Point Common in Cape Town

Green Point Common has played an important role throughout Cape Town’s recorded history of over 350 years. Diverse uses have ranged from grazing of livestock, horse-racing events, the staging of sailing regattas in the seasonal wetland in winter and, more infamously, the housing of the British prisoner-of-war camp of Boer women and children during the Anglo-Boer War.



Green Point Common has always been an important location for a range of activities; namely rugby, soccer, golfing, cricket, athletics, cycling, the Sunday Flea Market, and recently the City’s venue for hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup. By the turn of the 21st century, the Common consisted mostly of dedicated sports facilities, many of which were dilapidated and neglected. A myriad of sports fields were separated by fences of all descriptions, limiting public access through the Common and impeding flexibility of movement. The term 'common' had become a misnomer.
The advent of planning and building the new 2010 Cape Town Soccer Stadium on the Green Point Common became the catalyst to realise the City of Cape Town’s long-standing objective; to transform what had become a dysfunctional public open space into a vibrant public amenity and destination point for the people of the Cape Metropole, through the construction of a high quality, multi-functional and accessible park, stadium and sports facilities that will contribute to the identity and overall regeneration of the city centre and surrounds.



This project reached completion in July 2010. OvP was responsible for the master-planning and reconfiguration of the precinct to accommodate the various recreational uses; as well as the detail design and implementation supervision of the forecourts, the stadium, the sustainability-driven Green Point Urban Park, and interconnections to the surrounding urban fabric, the redeveloped waterfront and city centre.


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Old September 11th, 2010, 10:51 PM   #38
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City to launch Biodiversity Showcase Garden at Green Point Park
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09 SEPTEMBER 2010



On Friday 10 September 2010, the City of Cape Town will officially launch its Biodiversity Showcase Garden (BSG) at the Green Point Park.

The purpose of the BSG is to showcase the great diversity of plants and animals in the Cape and to demonstrate responsible gardening practices. Cape Town’s biodiversity is unique and irreplaceable, but it is under threat and we need to act now or it will be lost forever. Managing our urban biodiversity would not be possible without the support of Capetonians.

The vision for this educational garden is to create a place of beauty and wonder which appeals to the senses and imagination. The vision is that people leave the garden with a love for our natural heritage, an understanding of biodiversity and why we need it, and the desire to care for it for future generations.

This special garden will feature:
• Over 300 plant species from the greater Cape Town region
• Three theme areas: people and biodiversity; explore biodiversity; and a wetland
• Interpretive signage, art works and interactive displays to make the garden come alive
• Themed displays including: gardening for biodiversity; everything is connected; a Khoikhoi food garden; medicinal plants; and a veld types display.

The BSG is one of the City’s Green Goal 2010 projects and a 2010 FIFA World Cup™ legacy project. It is also one of five of the City’s Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) projects, and it represents a legacy of the City's pioneering work to get LAB established. LAB is a global urban biodiversity programme coordinated by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, in partnership with the IUCN.

The launch of the BSG takes place during the International Year of Biodiversity, and will also form part of the programme for the launch of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Report for Local Policy Makers, which takes place in Cape Town from 8-10 September.

All media are invited to attend.

Date: Friday 10 September

Time: 16:00-17:30

Venue: The White House, Green Point Park, enter at the south gate (opposite Virgin Active Gym)

The BSG is an element within the Green Point Park – the Public Social Space element of the greater Green Point Park – which acts as a tourist and visitor destination point. The Green Point Park will open to the public on 1 November 2010.


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Where is the Biodiversity Showcase Garden? What is it all about? Who's idea was it anyway?

The Biodiveristy Garden
is situated in the new Green Point Urban Park, not far from the golf course and Mouille Point lighthouse. This 12.5 ha park, conceptualised and designed by OvP Associates, features a large circular lawn area (the 'Common'), cycle and running paths, play parks, a small amphitheatre, trim park and lots more. Future plans include an Eco-centre (the so-called Smart Living Centre), a tea room and a small retail nursery linked to the Biodiversity Garden and Green Futures Horticultural training college.

Below is a pic taken while the park was under construction on 12 April 2010. The squiggly red line encircles the Biodiversity Garden. The bright green is the golf course - completed as a first priority along with the Stadium.


The Biodiversity Garden is one of the City of Cape Town's Green Goal 2010 projects, and one of five LAB (Local Action for Biodiversity) projects. Stephen Granger, Head of major programmes & projects at the City's Environmental Resource Management Department, identified its purpose 'to showcase the Cape's biodiversity and demonstrate responsible gardening practises.' And its goal 'is to raise public awareness about the value and importance of regional biodiversity, and to disseminate practical knowledge on how to help conserve it.'

In August 2009 I was approached to help design this educational garden, and I have had the great pleasure of working with OvP on the project. Below is the first conceptual plan, beautifully rendered by Sarah Kantey (OvP).

A few workshops and meetings were held to identify the main themes and messages for the Biodiversity Garden, and these informed the design. There are 3 theme areas:
1. People & plants
2. Discover biodiversity
3. Wetland walk


Many people have contributed their knowledge and skills to the garden and various specialised items such as the shade dome; interpretive signage; khoikhoi huts; the Food garden; educational art; placement of rocks, special soil, unusual plants etc. The support of OvP and the client (the City of CT) has been nothing short of amazing.

At this stage - 2 weeks before the opening - we have:
320 species planted in the garden, most of which come from greater Cape Town
60 interpretive sign & 200 plant labels - on the way from Durban
posters which have gone to print

Above a planting plan for the Demonstration Gardens - the grey hatched areas are hedge blocks of Rhus crenata. I envisage them to be immaculately maintained green wedges, table top level....
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