Leaving aside the pros and cons of the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point, the best thing to come out of the renovations for its construction is the 12 hectare Green Point Urban Park and Bio-diversity Garden.
Commonly known as the Green Point Park, this multi-purpose space offers something for everyone. Two playgrounds allow very small children their own safe areas and mostly constructed with natural materials – a special area is allocated for kiddies parties with benches and tables for the goodies – this is very popular so you’re advised to get there very early.
There is an outdoor gym and cycling park for free training, an area for functions and an amphitheatre for concerts, an unusual sundial, large well-kept lawns for picnics and ball games, water features to cool you down and benches to just sit and rest.
The natural vlei that was reclaimed over 100 years ago has been re-introduced and provides a perfect spot for remote-control boats. The park includes a biodiversity garden with over 300 indigenous plant species. It’s beautifully laid out with info boards on how the Khoi-San used these plants, and advice on simple methods we can all adopt to stop damaging the environment. The garden is dotted with lovely beaded animals.
The park is open seven days a week from 07:00 to 19:00, has security, dogs are welcome (except in the biodiversity garden) but must be kept on leads and poop bags must be used.
Many locals have not yet visited this park but now that summer is here what are you waiting for to pack a picnic, grab the kids and head there now? If you’ve been there please use the comments section below to tell us about your visit.
(Thanks to Caroline Elston for the use of some of her photos)