CITY OF CAPE TOWN - 5 APRIL 2016 - MEDIA RELEASE
City identifies Green Point Urban Park and historic track as heritage sites
The City’s Mayoral Committee (Mayco) today identified the Green Point Urban Park and track as potential provincial heritage sites.
The City of Cape Town’s Green Point Urban Park and track forms part of the greater Green Point common which is one of Cape Town’s few heritage sites that tells a historically inclusive and unifying story of a city that was home to nomads, herders, sportspersons, soldiers, caregivers, convicts and slaves.
The City’s own Heritage Impact Assessment of this important asset stated that the Green Point Common was of a high heritage significance. In order to allay fears of excessive commercialisation, disposal and attrition of the most precious components of the original site, the City of Cape Town has nominated the Green Point Urban Park and historic Green Point track as a Grade Two provincial heritage site.
‘We believe that the nomination of the Green Point Urban Park and track area as a provincial heritage site will ensure the protection of the site and therefore conserve its inherent qualities as a richly layered reflection of Cape Town’s history.
‘The Green Point Urban Park is one of the City’s most inclusive open spaces as it reflects diversity and provides a beautiful recreational area for residents from all over Cape Town to come together and enjoy. It is for this very reason that the City aims to protect this area so that Capetonians can continue to embrace the beauty of the urban park and history of the area for generations to come,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.
The City is currently working on the Heritage Western Cape nomination application.
‘I am sure that the application for provincial heritage status will ensure that the urban park remains the pristine and popular outdoor event venue that it is. A total of 71 outdoor events have been hosted in the Green Point Precinct between 2011 and 2015. While we need to optimise the efficient, effective and economical use of the Cape Town Stadium and its surrounds, we need to balance this with quality recreational spaces,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor.
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