Grassy Park

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Grassy Park
Street map of Grassy Park
Street map of Grassy Park
Grassy Park is located in South Africa
Grassy Park
Grassy Park
 Grassy Park shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 34°03′S 18°29′E / 34.050°S 18.483°E / -34.050; 18.483Coordinates: 34°03′S 18°29′E / 34.050°S 18.483°E / -34.050; 18.483
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
Main Place Grassy Park
Government
 • Councillor Derek Smith (Ward 65) (DA)
Basil Lee (Ward 67) (DA)
Johannes Burger (Ward 72) (DA)
Area[1]
 • Total 3.24 km2 (1.25 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 19,212
 • Density 5,900/km2 (15,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 7.7%
 • Coloured 88.0%
 • Indian/Asian 1.9%
 • White 0.3%
 • Other 2.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 75.2%
 • Afrikaans 21.8%
 • Other 3.0%
Postal code (street) 7888
PO box 7941

Grassy Park is a suburb in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, situated on the Cape Flats in the City of Cape Town.

History[edit]

Grassy Park began to develop in the early 1900s on part of the Montagu's Gift estate north of Zeekoevlei. At that time, the area was rural, under the administration of the Divisional Council of the Cape. By 1920, the estate had 2000 residents.[2] From 1923, it was represented on the Southern Civic Association.[3]

Grassy Park was proclaimed a local area in 1935[2] - this meant that the residents received municipal services, for which they paid higher rates. It was incorporated into the South Peninsula Municipality in 1996, and into the City of Cape Town in 2000.

Grassy Park Today[edit]

Grassy Park's main area is an intersection called "Busy Corner" at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Victoria Road. Here you will find a hub of small retail outlets, the local Library, Police Station, a transport interchange which connects Grassy Park to Mitchels Plein, Retreat and Wynberg, 3 of the main transport veins on the cape flats. The area has several primary and secondary schools and is home to the SPCA and LOFOB.

Places of Interest[edit]

The Rondevlei Nature Reserve is located in Grassy Park, here you can see numerous birds, small mammals, and hippopotamuses.[4]

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA can also be found in Grassy Park. It is the founding society of the SPCA movement in South Africa and the oldest animal welfare institution in the country. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Grassy Park". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Divisional Council of the Cape (1920). Minutes of the Chairman
  3. ^ Robinson, H. (1998) Beyond the City Limits
  4. ^ RONDEVLEI NATURE RESERVE AND HIPPOS. 2011. Cape Town Tourism
  5. ^ Cape of Good Hope SPCA. 2011. Back a Buddy