New com­plex boasts ver­sa­tile hall

Project nears com­ple­tion with build­ing of multi-pur­pose hall by Gar­den Cities de­vel­op­ers

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A R26.5 mil­lion sports com­plex devel­op­ment, do­nated by de­vel­op­ers Gar­den Cities to the res­i­dents of Sun­ning­dale and nearby sub­urbs on the West Coast near Ta­ble View, is close to com­ple­tion with the cur­rent con­struc­tion of a mul­ti­pur­pose hall.

The project started six years ago on 5ha of land set aside for the pur­pose by Gar­den Cities.

It is a part of the 91-year-old c om­pany’s s oci al re­spon­si­bilit y pro g ramme as a “new town” de­vel­oper, which in­cludes pro­vid­ing in­fra­struc­ture that in­cludes school, hos­pi­tal and re­tail sites.

The sports com­plex pro­vides for a wide se­lec­tion of sport­ing codes and is un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Sun­ning­dale Sports Club.

The club’s chair man, Robert Rothig, said the fa­cil­ity is a huge as­set for the res­i­dents of Sun­ning­dale and sur­round­ing sub­urbs, and in­cludes the only base­ball fa­cil­ity in the greater Ta­ble View area.

It has the added dis­tinc­tion of two As­tro­turf courts for five-a-side soc­cer and will also be the home of the first Ajax Cape Town Soc­cer School, which was launched for fivet o 1 3 - ye a r-o l d s i n O c t o b e r i n con­junc­tion with Fives Fut­bol.

Other than foot­ball, the fa­cil­ity of­fers softball and base­ball, bowls and cricket.

The hall will ac­com­mo­date bas­ket­ball, bad­minton and other indoor sports, as well as ev­ery con­ceiv­able com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity.

Re­nier Smith, Gar­den Cities’ op­er­a­tions man­ager, says res­i­dents are thrilled with the sports club.

“We have had a huge vote of ap­proval. It’s not sur­pris­ing, as just the hall alone will have a highly pos­i­tive ef­fect on their lives. They will be able to use it for com­mu­nity projects, char­ity events, per­form­ing arts and just about ev­ery­thing else. Al­ready we have re­ceived an enor­mous num­ber of in­quiries from the com­mu­nity to hire the hall.”

The com­plex was planned at the ear­li­est stage of the devel­op­ment of Sun­ning­dale and is close to the hos­pi­tal and the re­gional shop­ping cen­tre, West Coast Vil­lage, that were also part of the over­all plan­ning to pro­vide in­fras­truc­tural fa­cil­i­ties for the res­i­dents of the sub­urb.

Be­cause the sports com­plex hosts all-sea­son sport­ing pur­suits, Gar­den Cities has also in­stalled state of the art lights for evening events and prac­tices, par­tic­u­larly in win­ter.

Smith says that where res­i­dents raised con­cerns about the lights and other fea­tures of the com­plex, these have been (or are in the process of be­ing) ad­dressed. The lights won’t be used af­ter 9pm, each mast is in­di­vid­u­ally con­trolled and they will sel­dom all be in use at one time. Perime­ter plant­ing of tall trees will also help to mit­i­gate light spilling into neigh­bour­ing ar­eas.

“This is an as­set for an enor­mous num­ber of peo­ple in the area and we are at pains to en­sure that it pro­vides plea­sure for ev­ery­one,” says Smith.

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NEARLY THERE: Aerial view of the new multi-pur­pose sports com­plex in Sun­ning­dale.

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