Mfuleni Urban Park

Mfuleni, Cape Town

 

The City of Cape Town’s Mfuleni Urban Park forms the urban core of Mfuleni. Surrounded by various community facilities and public transport infrastructure, it provides an ideal opportunity for the enhancement of this vital open space in a dense urban environment, where communal space is crucially important to strengthen communities.

Mfuleni means ‘place by the river’ in isiXhosa. The initial design proposal included the creation of a network of swales highlighting the importance of the ecological connection of the park to the adjacent Kuils River. The reference to water is now expressed in the creation of a splash park (interactive water feature) that will become a key attraction for children in the area. The design includes a terraced amphitheatre to allow performances and community events. Outdoor gym equipment provides recreational activities and promotes a healthy lifestyle for adults, while a children’s play area encourages learning through play for younger members of the community. A multi-purpose lawn/ recreational area is provided with braai facilities, shaded lapa areas and seating. Shade trees enhance visual axes and seasonal meadow and bulb planting creates seasonal interest, while community art work at the entrance gateway aims to foster civic pride, identity and community engagement.