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De Waal Park in Cape Town

de waal park entranceDe Waal Park is an urban park in Cape Town that is perfect for having a picnic, walking the dogs, letting the kids play or just sitting on a bench enjoying nature at the foot of Table Mountain.

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Q: Where is De Waal Park?

De Waal Park is situated in Gardens/Oranjezicht and is bordered by Camp St, Upper Orange St, Molteno Rd and the Molteno Reservoir.

Q: When is it open?
Open | Summer [Sep-Mar] 06:30-20:00 | Winter [Apr-Aug] 07:00-18:00
Q: Is there an entrance fee?

No.

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Q: When did the park originate?

From 1889 until 1895 the mayor of Cape Town, David Christiaan De Waal, developed the natural park between the Molteno Reservoir and Camp Street, planting thousands of trees in Cape Town and De Waal Park.

David Christiaan De Waal opened De Waal Park to the public in 1895 and now, more than a century later, people are still enjoying
this beautiful park.

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Q: What type of flora can I expect to find in the park?
Approximately 100 species of which most have been labelled.

Regular tree tours are offered free of charge and usually start around 15:00 at the Victorian fountain in the middle of the park.

Q: When was the Victorian fountain installed?

In 1898 and almost a 100 years later in 1985, a pond was built around the fountain with footpaths to form the basic structure of the park.

Nowadays it’s very entertaining sitting on a bench near the fountain and watching kids or dogs run and splash about.

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Q: When was the Edwardian bandstand built?

The bandstand was moved to the park in 1905 after the Industrial Exhibition in Green Point where it was used for the performances of military bands.

Presently it is used as the main stage for Concerts in the Park.
Q: Tell me more about Concerts in the Park?

Concerts in the Park is a Friends of De Waal Park initiative that started in 2010. Read more here and find out when the next free concerts will be held.

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Q: Who is Friends of De Waal Park?

An association formed in 2008 by park users. They are responsible for the park’s maintenance, upgrading, refurbishing and general care.

This includes providing poo bags for dogs, making sure that the pond is clean and that all tables, benches and the play area for kids are maintained and painted regularly.

Q: Who finances the association?

Friends of De Waal Park is financed by the members’ annual fees, donations and funds raised.

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Q: What other activities can I expect in the park?

There are many different activities and events that come and go in De Waal Park. Some include yoga, fundraisers, slacklining and the park even has its own chess table.

Kids naturally love the large play area with swings, slides and jungle gym and the rest of park sells itself as one of the most popular
picnic spots in Cape Town.

One can also hold an event in the park, but for this one needs to get permission from the City Council.

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Q: What is slacklining?

Similar to tightrope walking, slacklining is the sport, art or practice of balancing on a nylon/polyester webbing that is spun between two anchor points [usually two trees]. Slacklining however is more like a narrow trampoline [able to stretch and bounce] whereas as a tightrope is firm.

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Q: What else is interesting?
  • In 1968 the park was proclaimed a National Monument and is now a Provincial Heritage site.
  • De Waal Park was Cape Town’s largest public park after the Company’s Gardens.
  • De Waal Park was once known as Jubilee Park, but soon changed back to De Waal Park.

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Content and Images | Ed Beukes