Cape Town is surrounded by so much natural beauty that places can often be taken for granted. I hope that this short look at 5 green places to play in Cape Town inspires you to go visit one (all) of them. It doesn’t matter if you’re over 50 or under 15, everyone needs a bit of play time.

Atlantic Sea Board

Looks majestic right? Well it is, it really is. (img source Wikipedia)

Looks majestic right? Well it is, it really is. (image source Wikipedia)

Sea Point Promenade
Known to locals as “The Prom,” Sea Point Promenade is a gorgeous stretch of well manicured green bordering the Atlantic Ocean. There is a tidal beach on one end should you wish to brave the icy waters or just dip your toe in (trust me, only dip your toe). The walk of the promenade extends beyond the green area and moves closer to Mouille Point, but the hub of activity is always near the grass. If you plan to spend a few hours here, bring a sun umbrella as the shade is few and far between. As an added bonus, we host our weekly evening hula hoop classes across the road at Sea Point High School.
How to get there:
From M3 heading into the CBD, take Helen Suzman Boulevard and continue straight until it turns into Beach Road. You literally can’t miss it.
Facilities:
– Toilets close to the centre of the green and at the beach edge
– Adult fitness gym equipment
– Kids play gyms
– Close to restaurants and general amenities

Cape Town CBD

The free Concerts in the Park have become a staple for Capetonians. (image source Inside Guide)

The free Concerts in the Park have become a staple for Capetonians. (image source Inside Guide)

De Waal Park
De Waal Park is an example of a well managed, safe and cared for green space. Local community members took it upon themselves (as well as getting the government involved) to form Friends of De Waal Park, an organization that strives to maintain the park and keep it attractive to all. You have the backdrop of Table Mountain and plenty of shade with all the trees. One of the main attractions in summer is the Free Concerts in the Park initiative – it’s free, it’s local, it’s lekker.
How to get there:
Take M3 De Waal Drive. Follow the signs to the Cable Car (but don’t go all the way there!) Look out for a huge park on your left in Molteno Road.
Facilities:
– Toilets close to the Molteno Road entrance. During the Concerts in the Park, the queues can get really long (you have been warned)
– Kids play gyms
– Bandstand for forming performing your first air guitar solo

Southern Suburbs

Can you beat this? Go on world, I dare you. (Image Source Wikipedia

Can you beat this? Go on world, I dare you. (image source Wikipedia)

Keurboom Park
Cape Town is a city with lots of greenery – if you’ve driven through it, you can’t miss all the trees. Head into the suburbs though and we may as well start calling it a forest. Keurboom Park is another example of a well managed park and more recently has teamed up with our friends at Oddwheel Unicycles to form Park Play Sessions, an open to all gathering of flow, circus,balance and movement artists. This green place is perfect for a picnic with a wide range of sunny and shaded places to choose from.
How to get there:
From Newlands Main Road heading south, take Campground Road (M33) left past Newlands Cricket Grounds. Head straight over the four way intersection and look out for a left turn into Squirrels Way.
Facilities:
– Toilets at the entrance on Squirrels Way
– Small skateboard bowl
– Limited wooden stump seating
– Enclosed kids play gym area

Maynardville Park has a wide variety of flora. If you look in the right place, you may even find bamboo. (image source Wikipedia)

Maynardville Park has a wide variety of flora. If you look in the right place, you may even find bamboo. (image source Wikipedia)

Maynardville Park
In the summer, Maynardville is perhaps more well known for its’ plays hosted in the amphitheater. The park itself has a big enough green half moon, bordered on one side by a pond with resident bird life. Being smaller than the previous green places I’ve noted has it’s benefits – you’re more likely to strike up a conversation with other people because you’re all sharing the space. It’s a perfect suburban play space for individuals and families.
How to get there:
From Kenilworth Main Road heading south, take Aliwal Road right. Continue straight past Wynberg Girls Junior and High Schools and across the four way intersection. Maynardville park is on the left.
Facilities:
– Toilets close to the amphitheater
– Kids play gyms
– Short meander showcasing some beautiful plants and flowers
– Close to restaurants and general amenities

Deep South

This may feel like France, but I promise you it is right on your doorstep. (image source South Peninsula Moms)

This may look like another country, but I promise you it is right on your doorstep. (image source South Peninsula Moms)

Noordhoek Common
Depending where you stay, you might think this is too far to go for a bit of green. The drive is absolutely worth it. Backed by the corner of Chapmans Peak and lined with old oak trees, Noordhoek Common feels like rural France. It is bordered by a horse paddock and two streams and Noordhoek beach is within walking distance. Being in a lesser populated area, it’s usually not busy so the choices of where to play are many.
How to get there:
Take Ou Kaapse Weg heading south. Take Silvermine Road right into Noordhoek. At the T-Junction, turn right. Head straight and the common will be on your left, opposite the Noordhoek Farm Village.
Facilities:
– Two tree swings
– Close to restaurants
– Not much else so come prepared!