Wednesday, November 25, 2009

City opens Village Green Public Open Space

By Ofentse Mokae
25 November 2009

The City of Cape Town will officially open the Observatory Village Green ‘Quality Open Space’ and the Rededication of the War Memorial today.

During the opening scheduled for 5pm today Ward Councillor, Cedric Thomas, will officiate.

The War Memorial was originally located on Settlers Way just below Hospital Bend and has since been relocated to the Village Green.

In a statement the city says the space project was created to link 2010 soccer tournament to local improvement initiatives.

“Equally important was the need to extend the existing City programme of providing public open spaces where people can gather and socialise,” the statement said.

The city says the focus of the programme is the creation of a lasting legacy by establishing neighbourhood public places.

“These spaces are multi-functional and offer scope for new community events to consolidate the existing social calendar,” the statement added.

The city’s Ward Councillor, Cedric Thomas, says they followed an in-depth consultative approach in the Pinelands Subcouncil.

“A few sites were identified and after a healthy debate and consultation it was decided to upgrade the existing village green in Station Road, Observatory,” Thomas said.

Thomas says the area of his ward had become a problem and the quality open space project was an ideal opportunity to revitalize the area to ensure optimal utilization.

“I am excited by the co-operation of everyone who has been involved in the project, to ensure that it is something the community and the entire city can be proud of,” Thomas added.


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