Cape Town - The City of Cape Town says it wants to revitalise a historic part Cape Town, including District Six, by turning Trafalgar Park into a family-friendly, community space.
Trafalgar Park is set to be upgraded in order to make optimal use of the space for the community, the City said.
The 3-hectare park formally established in 1905 for the residents of District Six, mirrored the City's Company’s Garden at the time with flower beds, rose garden and a southern extension covered in pine trees extending across the lower slopes of Table Mountain.
"We want to encourage a sense of community ownership and increase use of the park by law-abiding local residents and the community as a whole," said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan
The most southern part of the park, south of Nelson Mandela Boulevard, also presents new opportunities within the District Six community for open space uses in conjunction with the local communities, according to the City.
This is an important year for the residents of District Six especially, said van der Merwe, since 2016 marks the 50th anniversary since the iconic multi-racial district township was destroyed by the Apartheid government in 1966.
"The goal is to have 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," he said.
While the timeline for the development is being worked out, its progress depends on its adoption by the community and the sub-council involved, with the City in the process of establishing a trust fund to manage private sector donations.
Attractions to see in the park include the French Central Redoubt (fort), an upgraded swimming pool and the quirky old brick kiln.
Developments to look forward to as part of the project, which was submitted and selected as part of Cape Town's 2014 Design Capital projects, include an adventure park, multi-sport precinct, visitors centre, heritage areas, restaurants, play areas, skate and BMX park, jogging and cycling tracks, outdoor gym, picnic areas, amphitheatre, terraces, bridges, planting areas, lighting and street furniture.
Take a look at the Vision Plan detailing what the new urban park will look like: