We wanted to go to the farm this last weekend, but MKid is going to get together with his 'best buddy' this week, which would've meant a very short trip to the farm. So we have decided that next Saturday, after we see MKid off at the airport, we will amble on to the farm for a 3 - 4 day stay - and hopfully get a bit done... so much to do, so little time...
|The old Greenpoint Stadium|
prior to the 2010 makeover
|Ideal football kicking area|
Then we went in search of the park...
After stopping a few people to ask directions, we finally found the entrance. There is an aquaduct running the length of the sidewalk - this aquaduct feeds / circulates the water for the man-made lakes within the Biodiversity Park and the golf course area. Naturally, boys, will be boys, and the sidewalk was promptly ignored...
The Biodiversity Park is absolutely brilliant. And so well planned for children to explore. They have created a terrific physical "spiders web" of posts and notices for children to follow, which portray, in one instance, the consequences of cleaning a paint tin and emptying that water down the drain, with the first information board setting the scene, and the next stages of the "journey", being the water emptying into the rivers and oceans, and it's effect not only on the water quality, but also on the marine and bird life, depicting eventually how man will suffer from this action as the water, marine and bird life is poisoned. Very clever - children are far more likely to remember a pictorial lesson, than one they just hear.
|A Khoisan hut, partially covered with "animal" skin|
|The Khoisan boma|
Between the Biodiversity Park and the stadium, there are different sports areas - and the closest one, the golf course runs next to the park. The two are separated by a large man-made lake - this is already home to seagulls, ducks, etc. - living proof of the feasibility of what has been created out of what was essentially waste land.
The final attraction we visited, before hunger and thirst overtook us, was the Alemmatic Sundial. Brilliant - I want one of these on the farm too :-) MKid was facinated that his shadow, which was cast by the sun, could tell him the time.
A brilliant park and one which RMan and I have mutually decided that we want to return to - perhaps with a picnic this time.
We can do without the music concert which started just as we were leaving - this kind of place should be enjoyed for its' peace and tranquility - the music was, in our opinion, a mistake.
Such a simple concept, a whole bunch of dedicated workers, and the end result - a perfect place to teach children important information on this planet we inhabit so briefly - concerning the number and variety of organisms found within a specified geographic region, how precious and inter-dependent they are, and how easily mankind can harm them with his thoughtless actions.
I reckon that with this park, the City of Cape Town has gone a long way towards healing the harm that was caused with the building of the world cup stadium. And once the newly planted shrubs and trees have had time to settle in they will provide another little piece of heaven within a city :-)