SAT 26th NOVEMBER 2011
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF THE FIRST URBAN CONSERVATION AREA IN CAPE TOWN:
THE PARKS IN THE UPPER TABLE VALLEY
What remains of the rural character that the market gardens that once surrounded the fledgling city gave the Upper Table Valley is condensed into a series of parks tucked into the urban fabric.
We‘ll be exploring a segment of these, following the water’s routes – from Deer Park on the urban edge and then past the swathe of green spaces (including the old water catchment area of the town) that culminates in the little park where the Oranjezicht slave bell and portion of one of its outbuildings remain.
En route to our final destination (De Waal Park and the early reservoirs across the road from it), we’ll pass the Hurling Pump.
Those who wish to walk the whole route can, (remember to make a plan for leaving a car at De Waal Park to get back to the cars parked at the start!) while the less exercise-enthused can drive the route, stopping at each of our sites.
After our adventures, we shall repair to De Waal Park for our traditionally super-festive end-of-Vernac-year picnic.
Pack your hampers accordingly.
Meet at 10h00 at the Homeleigh Avenue end of Deer Park, Oranjezicht.
Park in Homeleigh Avenue and surrounding roads – no formal car park area.
To get there: Either turn right into Gorge Road, off Upper Buitenkant, then park near the top of Gorge, where it meets Homeleigh or turn left into Sidmouth off Upper Orange and follow the road round to where it becomes Homeleigh Avenue.