In a previous post, we spoke about Sponge Cities, what they are and how they contribute to sustainable city models. The use of green and blue spaces within sponge city designs create not only sustainable cities but can also create areas of quiet beauty within busy cities. Urban parks are just one of the ways of bringing green spaces into daily city life. Cape Town has many urban parks and green walkways to choose from if you don’t want to tackle hiking Table Mountain or Lion’s Head.
The oldest of these urban parks is the Company’s Garden. Situated in the centre of Cape Town and free to the public, the Company’s Garden is a must see for any tourists looking to experience a piece of Cape Town’s history. While the garden is now a bit of green in the city, it was originally a garden that supplied passing ships with fresh fruit and vegetables on their way to India. Within the park there are statues and artworks depicting the history of South Africa. The Iziko South African Museum, Planetarium and National Art Gallery are also within the park.
Coming in second in the history of Cape Town’s urban parks is De Waal Park in Oranjezicht. The park is popular with locals, especially dog walkers. During the summer months, free concerts are held on Sunday afternoons.
One of the ‘newest’ urban parks in Cape Town is Green Point Urban Park. The area that is now home to the park was an underutilized public space that recently underwent a major upgrade. It now includes a wetland, biodiversity park, play area for children of different ages as well as picnic areas and a fitness park. The park is situated close to various tourist attractions such a Cape Town Stadium, Sea Point Promenade and Mouille Point Lighthouse.
If you’re interested in joining a city greening project, have a look at our Urban Farming project situated in the heart of Cape Town.
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