by Simon Capstick-Dale

Surran Road Park in Hanover Park

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Surran Road Park in Hanover Park
Surran Road Park in Hanover Park

The City of Cape Town has identified the Surran Road Park in Hanover Park as one of its community services directorate’s finest achievements and the project has had a positive impact on the community.

“There appears to be a feeling amongst residents that this space belongs to all those who live in the community,” says Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects.

The park, which cost more than R2 million to build, is used by people covering a variety of age groups, from pre-school groups that use the area for recreational purposes to older groups that practice dance. It is also popular among church groups who use the facilities for gatherings during weekends.

“Challenges such as vandalism and theft often derail efforts to upgrade and maintain public spaces, but Surran Road Park has experienced little difficulty with these issues. I believe is because of the sense of ownership the community has taken towards the park," Walker says.

The City has enlisted the help of the local residents to help with design, maintenance and security of the park. “[This is] an important step in creating an Inclusive City. Here we have proof that a City that prioritises community participation is well placed to redress the inequalities created by Apartheid, and to create happier and healthier communities,” adds Walker.

The park is still being upgraded, with additional trees, as well as a performing platform to be installed by June.

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