City’s Atlantis Smart Park is ready to play

New smart park in Atlantis, Cape Town

A new smart park in Atlantis, the fifth of its kind in Cape Town, was built at a cost of just over R12 million and officially opened to the public this week. 

This is the fifth suburb to benefit from the park design that resulted in the City’s Recreation and Parks Department receiving an award for excellence from the Institute for Landscape Architecture two years ago.
 
Smart parks are about bringing quality, durable and creative facilities to previously underserved communities and providing something for everyone – whether they’re after passive or active recreation.
 
The City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan prioritises safe, integrated communities and excellence in basic service delivery and the smart parks embody all of these priorities.
 
Built at a cost of just over R12 million, the park in Atlantis boasts a multipurpose lawn area with large trees that provide shade for picnics and general relaxation. The play area features custom-designed equipment for toddlers as well as an adventure play area for older children. For the lovers of sport and exercise, there is a synthetic pitch and multipurpose court that can accommodate various sporting codes, an outdoor gym for calisthenics, and pathways for a leisurely stroll or jog.
 
‘Our smart parks are essentially about bringing quality facilities to people’s doorsteps – facilities that are inclusive because they offer something for everyone. It’s an opportunity for communities to come together in ways that they may not have been able to before. More importantly, these parks have raised the bar with their innovative design and construction methods that use materials sensibly and efficiently. We have to think outside the box if we are to adequately address our societal challenges and this is but one such example,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.
 
The City’s Recreation and Parks Department has established similar facilities in Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Delft and Nomzamo in Strand. A sixth smart park is currently under construction in Mfuleni. 
 
‘There’s a dire need for quality social and recreational spaces in many of our communities. The City is responding to that need through developments like the Atlantis Smart Park. I appeal to the community to take ownership of this facility and help ensure that it remains a safe space for all and that it fosters positive youth development in particular,’ added Alderman Smith.