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Upgraded Fisherman’s Lane pavilion open ahead of summer<p>The upgrade includes the removal of the damaged road and seawall, the provision of a new access road to link the parking areas, and the construction of new recreational facilities. Some railings are currently still being installed along the timber boardwalk and there are some minor snags that need to be done. All of these will be done by 15 November 2023, if all goes as planned.</p><p>‘The Fisherman's Lane refurbishment project has significantly enhanced the facilities and access routes with substantial improvements. I am so encouraged to see that this space offers beachgoers the necessary infrastructure to truly enjoy the area and that families will now be able to embrace the Fisherman’s Lane beachfront over the upcoming summer. The new park and picnic facility, as well as the wide staircase leading to the beach make it so much more comfortable and family friendly for all to enjoy. Not only is the beach now more accessible and safer for fishermen to use, but the area now provides the community with access to a functional and aesthetically pleasing pavilion close to home,’ said the City’s Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.<br></p><p><img src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:333px;" /><br></p><div>As part of this project, the broken road was replaced with generous access steps to the beach from the parking area, and a boardwalk to connect the braai area with the beach. With the derelict infrastructure removed, the beach is now accessible to fishermen most times of the day. It should be noted that the dune was shaped after the removal of the infrastructure, but the sea will continue to reshape it until it reaches equilibrium.<br></div><div><br></div><div>The braai spots in the central area have been replaced with more generously spaced braai areas and associated benches and parking bays. A new central lawn is a great spot for picnics with a playground to entertain the kids. <br></div><div><br></div><div><img src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:751px;" /><br></div><div><br></div><div>The playground contains artwork with coastal references. Five students each from 9Miles and Educos had three workshops each in Jocelyn’s Muizenberg Studio where she taught them how to work with mosaics and where they created the pieces on the wall. The mosaic artists who made the artwork for the ‘tidal pool’ are Jocelyn de Freitas and Sue Beattie and the nudibranch sculpture was designed and constructed by Stonecast.<br></div><div><br></div><div><img src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:751px;" /><br></div><div><br></div><div>Furthermore, the project includes the following upgrades: </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Connectivity to the western parking area has been re-established through the picnic area<br></div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Solar vehicular and pedestrian lights were installed to improve the safety conditions for fishermen and beach goers. </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Speed bumps in the western parking area were installed to discourage drifting, and thereby increase the lifespan of the parking area</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>A section of the western parking area was cut back and a gabion constructed as further protection along the exposed coastline </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>A new water line was installed to service the irrigation system </div><div><br></div><div>The City’s Coastal Management branch plans to undertake a dune rehabilitation project at Fisherman’s Lane for next year before the rainy season commences.</div><div><br></div><div>Caption 4: Pictured here is the City’s Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews accompanied by Ward Councillor Elton Jansen at the new park, which was recently installed as part of the City’s Fisherman’s Lane upgrade project. </div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>End<br></div>2023-10-30T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#12172a04-58cb-441a-9cfc-4a182d1d8b3b;L0|#012172a04-58cb-441a-9cfc-4a182d1d8b3b|strandfontein;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb10


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