Smuts Road Park gets upgraded

Members of the Rondebosch East Civic Association, the Ward 60 office, the Sub-council 11 office and the City’s recreation and parks department at the new outdoor gym in Smuts Road Park.

Smuts Road Park in Rondebosch East has seen more than R600 000 worth of improvements, including an outdoor gym and 340m walking track.

The refurbished park was officially introduced to the public last Friday.

The upgrade was paid for out of councillor Mark Kleinschmidt’s ward budget, and the work, which started at the beginning of February, was done by the City’s roads and recreation-and-parks departments.

“We had to ensure that the park is wheelchair compliant to assist Woodside Special Care Centre who brings their residents here,” Mr Kleinschmidt said.

“We want to ensure that this park can be enjoyed by local residents as well as visiting residents, and there will be a number of athletics clubs that will make use of this park.”

Ingrid Theys, the captain of the Multi Sports Athletics Club, said various members of the club from Landsdowne, Kenwyn and Wetton went on evening jogs in the area. “This will be a good cooling down area after our workout,” she said.

Rondebosch East Civic Association chairman Hilton Mitchell said the park would be a welcoming place for families. “We would like to thank the City’s recreation and parks department and Councillor Kleinschmidt for this initiative,” he said.

Multi Sports Athletics captain, Ingrid Theys, left, and Ward 60 assistant Verita Lesar testing out the leg-press.
Multi Sports Athletics captain Ingrid Theys, far right, leads City officials around the new walking track at the Smuts Road Park.
Enjoying the outdoor gym, from left, are Kenwyn Neighbourhood Watch secretary Lynn Adonis, proportional representative councillor Clive Justus and Sub-council 11 chairman Antonio van der Rheede.