Elizabeth Park and Tielman Marais Park
Elizabeth Park is a beautiful public space right in the heart of the Bellville CBD. Surrounded by office blocks, student residences and other buildings, the park is a lush, tranquil space in the city, with a river running through it. In 2018/19, the City of Cape Town completed a R20 million upgrade in the park, which improved the architectural aesthetics, upgraded the play area and incorporated various other elements. The river walkway was reshaped and rehabilitated, landscaping rehabilitated and an amphitheatre was constructed. The adjacent Bellville public library precinct was also refurbished.
Despite this upgrade, the management of the park remains an ongoing challenge. The GTP has been in discussion with the City of Cape Town to take on the management of the park, to maintain its quality as a safe, clean, central, visible public space in Bellville. With ongoing participation and collaboration from public and private sector participants, Elizabeth Park will be restored as a positive, welcoming communal public space for everyone in Bellville to enjoy.
Tielman Marais Park
Tielman Marais Park is a small green space located between residential and student accommodation in the heart of the Bellville CBD. A canal runs through a ravine in the park and trees line its edges. It is an oasis in a busy environment. Due to a lack of consistent and effective management, the park has become neglected over the years, attracting negative and anti-social behaviour.
In 2020, the GTP led the creation of a Friends of Tielman Marais Park, in collaboration with local residents and urban management partners the Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District. The Friends group was formed as a more nimble, agile and responsive organisation that is able to act quickly to address the most pressing issues in the park. Through this group, we will see this park revitalised.
Various landscaping studies have been conducted for the park. With ongoing participation and collaboration from public and private sector participants, Tielman Marais will be restored as a positive, welcoming communal public space for everyone in Bellville to enjoy.
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