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A new model for Urban Park Leadership in Africa: The future of Cape Town's Elizabeth Park
Elizabeth Park is a large park in the centre of the Bellville CBD, in Cape Town. The park has great ‘bones’ but, despite extensive redevelopment programme, the park remains underused and neglected. A canal running through the park has become a litter trap, vegetation is not well maintained or has died off, and the park is often locked to prevent the space from becoming a magnet for anti-social behaviour.

This session brings together multi-disciplinary participants who will be challenged to design a bold model of park leadership supported by an activation plan that calls for it be used and ultimately for people in public space to be trusted. This vision should that can foster a landscape of trust for the park’s users. Attracting partners to this type of conversation will be key.

The session is designed to attract participants that can imagine how to use great infrastructure to actively and more boldly serve communities, by creating conduits for social connections.

Given time constraints, the session will be separated into two parts, set across two different days: a walkabout and an action session. Participants will be guided on a walk through the park to identify not only the current realities, but more importantly, the multiple opportunities that exist for a future Elizabeth Park. Participants will be encouraged to view the park’s existing conditions as a blank canvas for developing an exciting, sustainable, whole-of-community future for the park.

The outcomes from the session will be used to inform a project hosted by the Greater Tygerberg Partnership to reactivate the park into a lively, safe, active public space in the heart of a busy CBD.

Hosted by: The Greater Tygerberg Partnership, South Africa

May 26, 2021 03:00 PM in Johannesburg

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