The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department has completed a multimillion-rand upgrade to the Glencairn and Soetwater tidal pools. It is part of a series of coastal improvements in time for the peak season, with an annual influx of more than a million visitors.
“Our tidal pools are popular spots as these shallow pools of seawater are the ideal space for families with younger children to enjoy our coast,” said the City of Cape Town's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.
The R6.13m (€392 000) project included the construction of a new wall capping and a platform, the closing of old valves at the bottom of the pool, and the rehabilitation of the baby pool, platform and steps at Soetwater tidal pool.
Work at Glencairn tidal pool included the demolition of the remains of the wall, 90% of which had collapsed due to various holes in the foundations, construction of a new wall with fibre reinforced concrete, and the filling up of holes in the bedrock.
“An investment in our beaches and associated facilities is more than just an investment in recreational facilities. While our beaches are popular year-round, and the summer peak during the festive season gives visitors an opportunity to relax and unwind, they are also areas that provide an economic influx into the surrounding businesses,” added Smith.
Other major projects that have been implemented on the False Bay coastline include the upgrade of the Miller’s Point recreation area, the resurfacing of the Fish Hoek walkway, the Strand sea wall and Fisherman’s Lane in Strandfontein.
The department has implemented a range of other projects to upgrade facilities on an ongoing basis.
Various other projects have been identified for upgrade along the coast and are in the planning or implementation phase, and some are yet to be allocated funding.
“The City goes the extra mile to ensure that our beach facilities are world class, but we need the public to play their part. Some of the challenges at our beaches include vandalism and theft at facilities. Visitors to the beaches can assist by reporting any such incidents and being vigilant when visiting the coast.
“I implore beachgoers to remain off the dunes at all times and to remember that no alcohol or glass is allowed on the beach. In addition, be sure to make use of litter bins to keep the beaches clean and the ocean free of waste and plastic,” concluded Smith.