The Glencairn and Soetwater tidal pools in Cape Town’s South Peninsula have undergone intensive multi-million rand renovations and are now open, with summer around the corner locals and tourists can look forward to exploring these ocean areas.
Estimated to cost R 6 129 228 million, the upgrade project included the refurbishment of the children’s pool at Soetwater, as well as the closing of old valves at the base of the big pool, a new wall capping, and constructing steps into the tidal pool.
The Glencairn tidal pool required extensive work as an estimated 90% of the foundation and walls were collapsing. A new wall has been constructed with fibre-reinforced concrete and all holes have been repaired.
Renovations began earlier in the year, with GMC Diving and Salvage – a marine construction and rope access company – working on the project.
Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith, expressed the importance of upgrading the facilities.
“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,” Smith said.
Various projects along the False Bay coastline have been implemented recently, including the upgrade of the recreation area at Miller’s Point, the resurfacing of the Fish Hoek walkway and improvements to the Strand sea wall.
Other revamp projects are in the pipeline, with funding yet to be allocated to them.
Smith commented on the importance of the public doing their part to maintain the natural beauty of our beaches.
“The city goes the extra mile to ensure that our beach facilities are world class, but we need the public to play their part. Some of the challenges at our beaches include vandalism and theft at facilities. Visitors to the beaches can assist by reporting any such incidents and being vigilant when visiting the coast.”
He went on to remind the public that no alcohol or glass is allowed on the beach.
“I implore beachgoers to remain off the dunes at all times and to remember that no alcohol or glass is allowed on the beach. In addition, be sure to make use of litter bins to keep the beaches clean and the ocean free of waste and plastic,” he said.
Picture: Glencairn tidal pool/ the City of Cape Town