Beach tidal pools undergo multi-million rand upgrades

Upgrades to tidal pools completed.
The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department has completed a multi-million rand upgrade to the Glencairn and Soetwater tidal pools just in time for the summer beach season.

The R6 129 228 upgrade project included the construction of a new wall capping; the construction of a platform; the closing of old valves at the bottom of the pool; and the rehabilitation of the baby pool, platform and steps at Soetwater tidal pool.

Mayco member for safety and security; and social services, JP Smith, said; “Our tidal pools are popular spots as these shallow pools of seawater are the ideal space for families with younger children to enjoy our coast.”

Work done at Glencairn tidal pool include the demolition of the old remains of the wall, 90% of which had collapsed due to various holes in the foundations; construction of a totally new wall with fibre reinforced concrete; and the filling up of holes in the bedrock.

Mr Smith said: “An investment in our beaches and associated facilities is more than just an investment in recreational facilities. While our beaches are popular year-round; and the summer peak during the festive season gives visitors an opportunity to relax and unwind, they are also areas that provide an economic influx into the surrounding businesses.”

Other major projects which have been implemented on the False Bay coastline include the upgrade of the Miller’s Point recreation area, the resurfacing of the Fish Hoek walkway, the Strand sea wall and Fisherman’s Lane in Strandfontein.