Dear Welgemoed Resident,
We would love your input on the design and planning of the proposed Chavonne Park upgrade.
Our aim is to transform the park into an imaginative, well-designed space, which will be responsive to the needs of each generation of our community. Your participation will not only help us understand how you and your family would like to use the space, but also ensure that you are happy with the outcome and will be committed to the park’s long-term maintenance and survival.
The attached questionnaire is the first stage of the engagement process. Your input will inform a preliminary landscape design, as well as design and playscape elements, which will be presented at a community meeting at the Tygerberg Nature Reserve Conference Centre at 14h00 on Saturday, 13 August 2022.
The concept plan for Chavonne Park, which draws upon international best practices in urban park design, focuses on the four main functions of any public park: recreation; multi-generational spaces; biodiversity and culture.
The concept of a meadow garden has been chosen to reflect the “spirit of the place”. Chavonne Park is located on a seasonal hillside seep which makes it the ideal habitat for endangered Renosterveld flowering bulbs. Our 2021 no-mow project revealed vast swathes of several flowering bulb species, including +/-45 near threatened Fringe Grand Satinflower plants.
However, the park’s unique biodiversity potential should not be seen as conservation at the “expense” of park users. Rather, by improving biodiversity, we can enhance the park activities and restore the park’s lost soul. Most importantly perhaps, is how natural areas provide ideal play opportunities for children. Research shows that a natural environment and rich vegetation leads to a higher frequency and complexity of imaginative play. Our children need natural playscapes not “identikit” playgrounds made up of one-dimensional play equipment. The park in its current state may just as well have a sign saying to children: “Have fun…if you can.”
Kindly complete the questionnaire with your family by 30 June 2022. Please feel free to contact our WCID Greening director if you have any questions or wish to provide additional input via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Researching and conceiving the proposed park upgrades required countless volunteer hours. This we undertook without hesitation, as we believe that the upgrades will significantly improve the day-to-day lives of our community. However, we need your active participation to ensure the success of the project, as active community involvement in a park project throughout the design cycle is more useful than only asking for views in the early stages.
Finally, as the bulk of the WCID budget is allocated to public safety services, we are dependent on the local community to get involved in the upgrade project in any small or big way. We will also seek corporate sponsorships from local business, investigate the possibility of City funding and host events in the park to raise funds. We hope that you will join us in this endeavour.