Vredehoek residents present plan for a new park
FRIDAY MAY 25, 2012
An amphitheatre, jogging track and giant chessboard have been proposed by Vredehoek residents who are planning to transform a crime-ridden open space into a park.
The piece of land, known as The Plantation, is bordered by De Waal Drive and Crassula and Winburg avenues.
Last night, the Friends of the Plantation, a group formed by residents and the neighbourhood watch, presented their development concept to about 60 residents.
The plan includes a jogging track, exercise points and a natural safety barrier. A play area, tree trunk sculptures, a skating ramp for teenagers and a giant chessboard were also proposed, said Heidi Zöllner, an architect and Friends of the Plantation.
DA ward councillor Brett Herron pledged about R100 000 to help residents cover costs, and said plans to complete footpaths would be carried out.
Source: IOL Property
More information from Gibbs Saintpol Landscape Architects:
Vredehoek Plantation Park is positioned within an urban context, in close proximity to the Cape Town city center. Although situated at a prominent activity node, the park has fallen into disuse and disrepair. The residents in the area have recognized the importance in creating vibrant, safe and active urban spaces as a catalyst for community interaction and social cohesion within a diverse and dynamic urban setting.
The design of the park employs earth shaping as a way to form mounded embankments, wind shelters and storm water detention swales. Viewpoints towards the mountain and the city are emphasized and space is created for an outdoor amphitheater. The park provides opportunities for play and exercise in the form of mountain biking routes, BMX tracks and pathways for running or walking. Opportunities are provided for urban agriculture and biodiversity in the form of allotment gardens.