Drive to es­tab­lish recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties in PA takes shape

East Beach, play parks up­grade mooted at meet­ing

Talk of the Town - - News - LOUISE CARTER

MEM­BERS of the Ward 10 com­mit­tee for sport and recre­ation met with Sun­shine Coast Tourism and TotT last week to dis­cuss and pro­pose a plan of ac­tion re­gard­ing sev­eral sport and recre­ation ameni­ties in Port Al­fred.

The meet­ing, con­vened by Easter Fes­ti­val co-founder Zwelinz­ima Nk­winti, said the aim was to start a project to pro­mote Ward 10 fa­cil­i­ties and to be able to in­clude these with the de­vel­op­ment of a pack­age in mar­ket­ing strat­egy for the tourism of­fice.

Sev­eral ar­eas were high­lighted, in­clud­ing lo­cal beaches, pub­lic play parks, the mu­nic­i­pal ten­nis courts, squash courts and the In­door swim­ming pool.

Nk­winti asked what could be done to up­grade lo­cal beaches so that they met the re­quire­ments and stan­dards of other beaches in high tourist ar­eas. One of the ar­eas iden­ti­fied was the dunes at East Beach which have en­croached on the park­ing lot. Nk­winti sug­gested, with sup­port from other mem­bers of the com­mit­tee, that the park­ing area could be in­creased by re­mov­ing dunes and dune veg­e­ta­tion be­tween the two park­ing lots at East Beach. He said this would al­low more beach ac­cess for vis­i­tors dur­ing peak sea­sons as well as aid with the suc­cess of events.

The gen­eral con­di­tion of ablu­tions at East Beach and West Beach were dis­cussed, with pro­pos­als to fix up the fa­cil­i­ties and add a pay sys­tem which is com­monly used in other ar­eas. The bath­rooms would be locked and could only be ac­cessed when R1 was put in the slot. “This will help to pay to­wards the main­te­nance of the toi­lets,” Clin­ton Mil­liard said.

The Port Al­fred ten­nis courts and squash courts should be utilised more and the com­mu­nity should be aware that they were en­ti­tled to ac­cess to these fa­cil­i­ties, Nk­winti said.

The in­door pool suf­fered a loss when the new lease-holder and man­age­ment learned that the pri­mary pump used to heat the pool was no longer avail­able at the fa­cil­ity. The pump had been do­nated to the fa­cil­ity when the pre­vi­ous owner, Anette Crous, was still there, but had sub­se­quently been re­moved and sold back to its sup­plier when she left.

“We want the pool to go back to the com­mu­nity.

“Peo­ple think they aren’t al­lowed to swim here, [but] it’s for every­one,” new lease holder Sharon Lem­mer said.

Lem­mer said they had been strug­gling as vis­i­tors to the pool com­plained that the wa­ter was not heated enough and she feared this would keep peo­ple away.

“We need to source a new pump that can heat the pool at 27°C at its op­ti­mum tem­per­a­ture,” she said.

Right now the re­main­ing pump, old and fall­ing apart, is heat­ing the wa­ter at 22-23°C.

A new pump is es­ti­mated to cost around R60000.

Nk­winti said chil­dren’s play parks needed to be main­tained, and sug­gested fenc­ing the area at the park near the Port Al­fred li­brary, and lock­ing it at night to help safe­guard it from van­dals.

The state of the Duck Pond board­walk was dis­cussed and it was dis­closed there were plans to de­mol­ish it, in­stead of re­build­ing it as the costs were too high.

Mil­lard dis­closed that Nd­lambe Mu­nic­i­pal­ity had fol­lowed the right pro­cesses and sent out a ten­der for the re­pair work.

Al­legedly the low­est quote came in at R400 000. Sun­shine Coast Tourism man­ager Sandy Birch sug­gested in­ves­ti­gat­ing the is­sue to find bet­ter ways to fi­nance it.

An­other idea was to cre­ate a free out­door gym (cal­is­then­ics de­signed out­door equip­ment) which has proved to be a pop­u­lar fa­cil­ity for fam­i­lies in an out­door set­ting.

Birch also said the ma­jor­ity of en­quiries she re­ceived at the tourism of­fice were for­eign­ers look­ing for beach-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties and po­ten­tial hik­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Birch will in­clude the afore­men­tioned points in a pro­posal for fu­ture en­hance­ments which make up part of a tourism mas­ter strat­egy pro­gramme.

The com­mu­nity is open to par­tic­i­pate and make other sug­ges­tions for sport and recre­ation de­vel­op­ment in Ward 10.


COULD THIS WORK HERE? An out­door gym fa­cil­ity such as the one in Green Point Park in Cape Town is a much-en­joyed free fa­cil­ity used to pro­mote health and fit­ness, and out­door liv­ing

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