Like most big cities, Cape Town has a series of well-trodden green belts and parks, where locals head to read, chill, picnic or exercise. One of our current favourites – for its sea-facing location, fitness facilities and kiddies’ playground – is the multipurpose Green Point Urban Park. These are some of the cool things we love doing there:
1. The fitness equipment
If you’re looking for a fume-free space to exercise outdoors, this park has all you need: a cycle track (and a bicycle-rental store if you don’t have your own) and some cool training equipment for strength training.
2. The kids’ playground
Kids will be in their element, with lots of grass to roam free, a bricked path along the water where they can cycle safely, and a gated playground with swings, a jungle gym, slides and tunnels. And then there’s The Creamery, one of our favourite ice-cream parlours, just a short walk away – a wonderful way to end a morning or afternoon in the park.
3. It’s a pooches’ paradise
Dogs are welcome, as long as they’re kept on their leashes and well-behaved. But camping, braais, alcohol, swimming and skateboarding are not permitted! In summer, when the beach crowds and sand don’t appeal, pack a picnic, your pooch, and a blanket, and come and chill on the lawn. In winter, take a leisurely stroll through the park, while the kids let off steam, topped off with a hot chocolate at the coffee shop.
4. The biodiversity nature garden
The biodiversity nursery garden teems with flora and fauna, and hundreds of endemic plant species. Follow the “wetland walk” and watch the waterbirds in their natural habitat, or the “biodiversity trail”, which features artwork and statues, and interactive boards filled with interesting information.
5. Tea in the park
The popular tea garden is a wonderful way to end your time in the park. Choose from a range of hot beverages, light lunches, sweet and savoury treats inside the cosy café, or sit on the spacious outdoor terrace and enjoy wonderful views of Cape Town Stadium and Lion’s Head.
Good to know The park is able to accommodate disabled visitors.