There is a great excuse to go back (or visit for the first time) on 3 April 2016 as Merrydale Avenue becomes Open Streets!
Thanks to the support of the City of Cape Town and following on from the success of Open Streets Bree earlier this year, as well as Langa and Bellville in 2015, we are planning the first ever Open Streets Day in Mitchells Plain.
The concept, as usual, is very simple; we work with our team of volunteers to create a road closure so that for a number of hours people can move freely and safely and experience the space in a completely different way.
The process is not as simple though, and we will be holding public meetings, planning sessions and knocking on many doors along the route in the coming weeks to ensure everyone takes part in the making of the day. The first official public engagement session takes place in the form of a walk (part of our Talking Streets series) on 18 February. On that day we will walk the route to discuss the possibilities, challenges and ideas that can ensure success on 3 April. This will be followed by two public meetings in March and a series of community planning sessions closer to the day.
Open Streets Mitchells Plain is possible thanks to the financial and strategic support of Transport for Cape Town and we are working closely with them to develop a model that can enable a city-wide long-term Open Streets programme. This will of course take some time; but in the meanwhile we look forward to working with many other communities to explore possibilities and ideas so we can incorporate them all into our long-term planning.
Please join us to make sure Mitchells Plain is yet another successful Open Streets Day: You can take part in the Talking Streets walk, invite others by sharing the Facebook event page, follow us on Twitter or help us spread the word by telling your friends, colleagues and family members.