Green Point Park

30 Aug


Green Point Park5It’s been far too long since my last blog.  I succumbed to the bad Cape Townian habit of hibernating during winter and although we’ve had plenty of beautiful days in between the welcome dam-filling rain, I found myself saying “…when winter is over” far too much.   I’ll start running in the mornings again… as soon as it’s light enough.  We’ll have a house warming braai… in the summer.  We’ll do a weekend away, just the two of us…as soon as it’s warm!

Then two weeks ago I was involved in a car accident and after a week in hospital and with a long road till full recovery still ahead of me, I realise that perhaps it’s time to embrace more things along the way, while it’s still cold, while it’s still wet and whenever friends and family are around.  If there’s one thing I’ve really come to appreciate over the last two weeks (besides the wondrousness of breathing through my nose!) it’s the value of friendship.  From the visits and flowers, prayers and hugs to the whatsapps and steri-stumpies, I’ve been constantly buoyed up by a flood of support and love and I hope I can turn all this positive energy into something fulfilling.

While hiding under a duvet on the couch has been the order of most days in my last week, Green Point Park Water Wheelcabin fever even gets to the convalescing, so on Tuesday I went on my first “outing” with my mom to take advantage of the beautiful weather.  I was a little self-conscious with my post op plasters, nose plugs (eugh) and being bruised black and blue, so a quiet stroll through a relatively empty Green Point Park seemed the ideal thing to do.   I’ve only been there once before, so briefly that I only had time to register it was there, but I’ve been meaning to go back and explore it for ages (one of those things!).  It’s a urban gem and makes me immensely proud to live in this city.  The gardens are like an indigenous exhibition and besides being beautiful, there are lots of thoughtful interpretive signs and educational information about the medicinal plants, the edible plants and the biodiversity.

Those seeking tranquility can perch on the benches overlooking the bird-filled wetland; the power walkers can huff on by and the kids have a choice of two amazing playgrounds with forts and obstacles a general would be proud of.  With the rapidly growing number of little angels/monsters in my circle of friends I can see this becoming the ideal “let’s attempt a grown up picnic while the kids run wild” kind of place.

It’s clean, it’s safe, it’s FREE and it’s in the heart of the city.

No more excuses!

3 Responses to “Green Point Park”

  1. Anne August 31, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    This is truly a gem of a place where one could spend a long time. Your pictures capture so much of the magic!

  2. Mya August 31, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Where is it?

    • Cathy September 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

      Hey Mya, The park is next to the Greenpoint stadium. The West Gate entrance is right opposite the Mouille Point Lighthouse, and I think the east entrance is near the Greenpoint Virgin Active.

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