De Waal Park Cape Town


David Christiaan de Waal was Mayor of Cape Town 1889-1890. Before he became mayor but while he was a city councilor and member of the Legislative Council of the Cape Colony he helped develop De Waal Park. He loved trees for their “serene dignity and with branches always pointed heavenward as a symbol of prayer.” De Waal was responsible for the planting of thousands of trees in Cape Town and especially in De Waal Park. The park opened to the public in 1895.

Some of the trees planted in the park include Erythrina Caffra, Stone Pine, Strelitzia Nicolai, Aloe Barberae, Jacaranda, Betula Papyrifera, Cladrastis, Swamp Cypress, and White Gum. In 1968 the park became a “National Monument and is maintained in perpetuity as public gardens”. It is a very popular dog-walking park in Cape Town with a vast array of canines frolicking there – all with friendly demeanor. It was a good dog fix with the wagging tails and wet noses. On the way to the park I stopped to ask directions and the person who helped was a retired American opera singer who had once performed at the Hult Center in Eugene – amazing!

After walking in the beautiful park for a few hours I unknowingly popped into a gay restaurant on Kloof Street for brunch. It was immediately obvious when I began looking at the menu items and artwork displayed. The guys welcomed and accepted me and the frittata I ordered was delicious.

All in all it was another pleasant day but my feet are arching so maybe some sedentary time on Monday is a good idea.

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