“Parks and playgrounds are the soul of a city.” Marty Rubin
As it has an abundance of beaches and a mountain slap bang in the middle of the city, Cape Town’s proximity to nature is one of its most appealing characteristics. Even with this array of nature on its doorstep, parks are the lungs of a city. A place to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life, to take a timeout, to relax, chill and breathe. With over 5000 hectares of clean, safe and accessible city-run open spaces from Claremont to Woodstock and from Durbanville to Mitchells Plain, you are never too far from a park in Cape Town. Due to the inequities of the past, the townships are somewhat lacking in the green space department though the excellent Khayelitsha Wetlands Park demonstrates that the City of Cape Town is making a serious effort to rectify past omissions. Every park as its own charms from the pick-up soccer games in Sea Point to outdoor spray cooling in Valhalla Park to jogging around the exquisite Green Point Urban Park in the shade of Cape Town Stadium. Whether you want to throw a frisbee, savour a picnic or simply chill out with a good book, you can be assured Cape Town has a park for you.
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