Hout Bay is often described as a microcosm of the rest of our country. It is a verdant valley made up of widely diverse racial, religious and socio-economic groups and large disparities in living conditions.
It’s wide variety of residents represent a community truly reflective of the diversity of the new South Africa. Here different groups are learning to live side by side, but it hasn’t always proved easy to embrace, respect and acknowledge each others’ different values and ways of life.
Finding new and innovative ways to break down barriers between the suburb’s diverse communities and income groups, and to improve the quality of life for all residents remains a key social priority. Alongside this, the number of underprivileged children endangering themselves by walking and skating the streets of Hout Bay amongst the traffic has long demanded meaningful action.
Addressing these issues are:
The Hout Bay Rotary Club
The driving force behind this community initiative. The organisation has fully embraced the project, now planned at the new Hout Bay sports field, pledging it’s utmost commitment to the development of what it sees as a vital public space for community use and for youth development within the Hout Bay area.
Matthew Johnson, an experienced skate boarder and member of the Hout Bay community who has spent much of his time teaching the local kids his remarkable slew of skate tricks.
Lawden Holmes, recent architecture masters graduate.
Both approached the Hout Bay Rotary Club to propose a skate park for the community.
The idea was instantly met with a resoundingly positive response.
The Hout Bay Rotary Club has fully embraced the project – now planned at the new Hout Bay sports field, with the organisation giving it’s utmost commitment to the development of what it sees as a vital public space for community use and for youth development within the Hout Bay area.
Design specifications and plans submitted by Lawden Holmes have also made provision for a netball court and spectators lounging area. This encourages and promotes the use of the area by local women who lack safe public spaces and amenities in which to gather and recreate or exercise.
President of The Hout Bay Rotary Club, Peter Dutton says he expects that the skate park will be immensely popular and draw a wide range of enthusiasts from both within the Hout Bay community and beyond.
While the project is being overseen by Rotary, with involvement from local government, sponsorship and donations from individuals and businesses within the community are actively encouraged and warmly welcomed.
A safe space for all, from all walks of life