Public Space for Public Life


Open spaces in Cape Town’s Central City are gradually being transformed as projects take shape to upgrade squares and public venues as part of the City’s vision of becoming a truly people-friendly city.

Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city, offering a diversity of cultures, activities and experiences. The Central City is rich in heritage, history and memory. The Central City’s many green spaces, the mountains and the urban and recreational opportunities are a boon for nature-lovers, adventurers and for those people who merely want a place to “chill out”.

The Partnership aims to capitalise on these variables to create and contribute to a high quality urban environment in the Central City that is a popular destination for locals and visitors. Particular emphasis will be placed on the promotion of increased after-hour and weekend activity. Improved access, with an emphasis on safety and security, is key.

Together with selected partners, the Cape Town Partnership and the CCID work together to protect historically significant buildings, public squares and green spaces. The goal is for upgraded and well-managed public spaces with more public art. Higher levels of safety and security, cleansing and urban management are necessary to enhance the enjoyment and facility of these spaces. The CCID has committed itself to higher levels of social services – addressing the needs of the poor and the homeless around these spaces.

Some of our popular public spaces and places are:

Grand Parade, South Africa’s oldest public space
Greenmarket Square, which celebrated 300 years of use in March 2010
Pier Place
Jetty Square
Tulbagh Square
St Georges Mall
Anton Anreith pedestrian mall
Thibault Square
Riebeeck Square
The Company’s Garden
Government avenue
Church Square
St Andrew’s Square
Harrington Square
Pedestrian networks