Text Mariola Jakutowicz Fouché
Next time you’re looking for something to do along the Atlantic Seaboard, take a stroll through Green Point Park, a world-class public space that affords Capetonians respite from the relentless buzz of city life.
Close to the Cape Town Stadium, this legacy of 2010’s Soccer World Cup was designed by landscape architects OvP Associates to offer a soothing series of ponds and lawns, an outdoor exercise area, a labyrinth, an amphitheatre, kids’ play parks and a biodiversity showcase garden, all of which have become increasingly popular – with picnickers especially. The garden represents Cape biodiversity in wetland areas and endemic fynbos ecosystems, and was divined along ecological principles by Beyer Honig Landscapes.
Under helmsman Eric Cherry, Urban Landscape Solutions constructed and now maintains the park. In addition to a host of environmental accolades, the 25-strong company has recently bagged a trio of SALI (South African Landscapers Institute) awards: a trophy for best-maintained garden in SA; and two golds for maintenance of the park and biodiversity garden.
This article was originally featured in the sustainability supplement in our October 2013 issue.