Grassy Park

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

Grassy Park
Street map of Grassy Park
Street map of Grassy Park
Grassy Park is located in Western Cape
Grassy Park
Grassy Park
Street map of Grassy Park
Grassy Park is located in South Africa
Grassy Park
Grassy Park
Grassy Park (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
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
Main PlaceGrassy Park
Government
 • CouncillorPatricia van der Ross (Ward 65) (DA)
Gerry Gordon (Ward 67) (DA)
William Akim (Ward 66) (DA)
Area
 • Total3.24 km2 (1.25 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total19,212
 • Density5,900/km2 (15,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African7.7%
 • Coloured88.0%
 • Indian/Asian1.9%
 • White0.3%
 • Other2.2%
First languages (2011)
 • English75.2%
 • Afrikaans21.8%
 • Other3.0%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
7888
PO box
7941

It is bordered to the east by the suburb of Lotus River, to the north by the suburb of Parkwood and to the west by a small lake called Princess Vlei. To the south lies Rondevlei and Zeekoevlei. The Rondevlei Nature Reserve is home to a very shy hippopotamus, a few eland and other mostly nocturnal animals including many caracal and porcupine. Rondevlei is also home to a healthy pelican community.[2] Zeekoevlei is one of the many freshwater lakes in the district.

HistoryEdit

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.[3] From 1923, it was represented on the Southern Civic Association.[4]

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

EducationEdit

Grassy park is home to three Primary schools and two Secondary schools:

  • Grassy Park E.C. Primary School
  • Kannemeyer Primary School[5]
  • Sid G. Rule Primary
  • Grassy Park High School
  • Grassdale High School.[6]

ReligionEdit

There are several places of worship in Grassy Park. These include:

  • Acts Mission Church of SA
  • Assembly Of God
  • Calvyn Protestant Church Grassy Park
  • Gereformeerde Kerk - Grassy Park
  • Grassy Park Methodist Church
  • Grassy Park Moravian Church
  • Masjid Ahmediyah (Grassy Park Mosque)
  • Grassy Park Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Church Of The Good Shepherd
  • New Apostolic Church Grassy Park[7]
  • New Apostolic Church Grassy Park Central
  • New Apostolic Church Grassy Park West
  • Old Apostolic Church
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church[8]
  • Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church Grassy Park[9]

Sports and recreationEdit

The Rooikrans Sports Ground in Grassy Park has playing fields for a variety of sports such as baseball, cricket, rugby and soccer. There are several sports teams based here. These include Grassy Park Crusaders Baseball Club, Grassy Park United Football Club, Titans RFC (Rugby-Football Club).[10] The Grassy Park Chess Academy is a chess club based in Grassy Park.

Commercial Areas and Community FacilitiesEdit

Grassy Park's main commercial area is an intersection called "Busy Corner" at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Victoria Road. There is a hub of small retail outlets, the local Library, Police Station and a transport interchange which connects Grassy Park to Mitchell's Plain, Retreat and Wynberg. Another commercial area is at the corner of Prince George Drive and 5th Avenue where supermarkets, fast food restaurants and a petrol station can be found. Various small shops and businesses can also be found along Lake Road.

Grassy Park is also home to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA and LOFOB.[11][12] Other public amenities in Grassy Park include the Grassy Park Community Health Clinic, Grassy Park Civic Centre and Battswood Art Centre.[13][14][15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Grassy Park". Census 2011.
  2. ^ RONDEVLEI NATURE RESERVE AND HIPPOS. 2011. Cape Town Tourism
  3. ^ Divisional Council of the Cape (1920). Minutes of the Chairman
  4. ^ Robinson, H. (1998) Beyond the City Limits
  5. ^ Team, Student Portal (2019-10-01). "Kannemeyer Primary School | Registration | Fees | Contacts". Student Portal. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  6. ^ "Grassdale High School – Knowledge Enlightens". Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  7. ^ "Home". nac-sa.org.za. Retrieved 2019-12-29.
  8. ^ "Grassy Park Parish". www.catholicchurchgrassypark.co.za. Retrieved 2019-12-29.
  9. ^ "trinityamegp". trinityamegp. Retrieved 2019-12-29.
  10. ^ "Media Alert: Official Opening of New Clubhouse". Western Cape Government. Retrieved 2019-12-21.
  11. ^ Cape of Good Hope SPCA. 2011. Back a Buddy
  12. ^ False Bay Nature Reserve Guide
  13. ^ "Grassy Park Community Health Clinic". Western Cape Government. Retrieved 2019-12-28.
  14. ^ "Grassy Park Civic Centre". Western Cape Government. Retrieved 2019-12-28.
  15. ^ "Battswood Arts Centre - Grassy Park". Western Cape Government. Retrieved 2019-12-16.