Volunteers from Peak Academy cleaned up the parking lot on the corner of 1st Avenue and De Waal Road in Fish Hoek on Saturday.

This was in response to the challenge from ward councillors Felicity Purchase and Aimee Kuhl at a Fish Hoek Valley Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association meeting for people to adopt open spaces in their community.

Peak Academy’s Bronwyn Hendrikz said the parking lot was behind their newly renovated building, which would open in January next year. “Graffitied walls were painted, overgrown weeds were removed, litter and rubbish were disposed of and new plants were planted,” she said. Security cameras would be positioned on and around the new building and linked to Fish Hoek Business Improvement District security operations; outside lights would be installed; and a groundsmen would keep the area tidy during the day and discourage loitering, she said.