Cape Town is already seeing a lot of changes lately, but one of its biggest new additions will be in the new urban attraction known as The City Walk.
Running through Cape Town’s CBD, the new Walk is said to become the seventh attraction the Mother City has to offer, adding to Cape Point, Robben Island, Groot Constantia, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch, and the V&A Waterfront.
The Cape Town Partership explains that “The City Walk will see the cultural, economic and social upliftment of the city’s interconnected public space. This pedestrian spine of the city starts in the Company’s Garden, proceeds down Government Avenue and St George’s Mall, before turning onto the Fan Walk and ending at the Prestwich Memorial in St Andrew’s Square.”
The precinct will feature free wireless and the evolution of informative signage to assist in peeling back the layers of Cape Town’s hidden stories. The introduction of more public ablutions, experimental street food offerings, permanent as well as temporary public art, and event activations will form a practical aspect to developing the space as a lively destination.
More than responding to the growing tourism trend for authentic urban experiences, The City Walk is the key to activating Cape Town’s CBD as a 24-hour city. The Cape Town Partnership envisions the route as an extension of the daytime foot traffic in the area, with spinoffs for the surrounding businesses, residents and commuters.
The project has already been endorsed by the City of Cape Town. “For visitors, such a route will immediately provide an accessible and coherent means to experience Cape Town as a city destination. For locals, such a route can open up the city, provide a sense of inclusivity and encourage the sense of Cape Town being a ‘crossroads’ or meeting point across divergent histories, cultures and demographics,” enthused Tim Harris, Head of the City of Cape Town’s Investment Directorate.