Van­dals trash Grand Pa­rade af­ter up­grade

City’s main fan park ‘not man­aged’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - HE­LEN BAM­FORD

THE GRAND Pa­rade, the site of Cape Town’s main fan park for the World Cup, was up­graded at a cost of R24 mil­lion but within weeks has been dam­aged and van­dalised, ap­par­ently be­cause of a lack of man­age­ment.

In his blog, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Cape Town Part­ner­ship, An­drew Bo­raine, de­scribed his dis­ap­point­ment af­ter walk­ing around the newly-up­graded site.

He posted pho­to­graphs of what he saw: brick­work cov­ered in oil stains from ve­hi­cles per mit­ted to park on the pa­rade, new paving turned into rub­ble due to lack of main­te­nance and the van­dalised base of a mon­u­ment.

He says the main prob­lem was that the city did not have a pub­lic space man­age­ment pol­icy and strat­egy.

“No one is re­spon­si­ble or ac­count­able for main­te­nance and man­age­ment, even though many of the spa­ces have been beau­ti­fully up­graded by the city in re­cent years.”

The city’s 2010 co-or­di­na­tors are also con­cerned.

Shameel Ho-Kim, project co­or­di­na­tor for the city’s 2010 op­er­a­tions of­fice, said the Grand Pa­rade was a high pri­or­ity for 2010 and they wanted it closely man­aged.

He said that they had raised their con­cerns with the city’s sports and recre­ation depart­ment, un­der which the Grand Pa­rade fell.

“They have in­di­cated it will be man­aged more closely with in­creased pa­trols.”

The Pa­rade will be fenced off from May 1 for construction of the fan park which will cre­ate a sta­dium at­mos­phere ac­com­mo­dat­ing an es­ti­mated 25 000 peo­ple, with an over­flow along Dar­ling Street which will take 15 000 peo­ple.

All 64 World Cup games will be screened live at the fan park which will be open from 10am un­til mid­night on match days with hos­pi­tal­ity ar­eas and beer tents.

The city has ap­pointed an op­er­a­tor called Grand World Vi­sions, a con­sor­tium of World Sport, VWV and Grand Pa­rade In­vest­ments, to plan, im­ple­ment and man­age the fan fest on its be­half.

Paul Wil­liamson, city ser­vice co-or­di­na­tor for busi­ness ar­eas man­age­ment, said the city had iden­ti­fied two al­ter­na­tive sites for ex­ist­ing traders dur­ing the World Cup.

The city would en­sure that the Grand Pa­rade was in a suit­able con­di­tion for the fan fest, and the dam­age iden­ti­fied would be re­paired.

Week­end Ar­gus sent writ­ten ques­tions to Ger­hard Ras, the coun­cil­lor in charge of sports and recre­ation un­der which the Grand Pa­rade falls, on Thurs­day ask­ing who was re­spon­si­ble for manag­ing the site and why it was not be­ing done.

He did not re­spond but Gert Bam, di­rec­tor of sport, recre­ation and ameni­ties, said the ar­eas re­quir­ing at­ten­tion since the up­grade were not sub­stan­tial.

In one area the elec­tric­ity depart­ment had “dis­turbed the paving” dur­ing an in­stal­la­tion.

“This caused a rip­ple ef­fect on the sur­round­ing paving. We have asked the elec­tric­ity depart­ment to cor­rect this.”

In other ar­eas the paving seemed to have sagged.

“As we are still in the main­te­nance pe­riod of the con­tract a snag list has been drafted and the ur­ban de­sign depart­ment which man­aged this project will in­ter­act with the con­trac­tor to at­tend to all the snag items,” Bam said.

PIC­TURE: CINDY WAXA

DAM­AGE: Shortly af­ter a multi-mil­lion rand up­grade, paving on the Grand Pa­rade has been lifted and bro­ken.

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