The City of Cape Town’s massive renewal project at this venue has been welcomed by local property owners and ratepayers. In particular, as this historic public facility has recently attracted international praise from the British newspaper the Guardian, as one of the world’s top 10 swimming pools.
Dating back to 1950 the Sea Point Pavillion Pool that is managed by the City of Cape Town not only has the capacity to hold 1 300 visitors at once, it also attracts approximately 60 000 visitors per annum. Some who make small numbers of brave year round swimmers attending winter training sessions in water temperatures of around 12 degrees celsius. During the high season period of December and January alone, this popular venue attracts in excess of 20 000 visitors per month.
”The Sea Point swimming pool is one of our prize facilities and is an extremely popular destination for tourists and locals.” says Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker.
Property agents say owners and tenants, as well as foreign and local tourists in favour the predominantly apartment lifestyle in Sea Point site various reasons for delight with the city’s commitment to this renewal project. For some families it relates to the old notion that ‘every child should be a swimming child’. While for others it adds to the irresistible selection of residential offerings available within close proximity of retail, entertainment and recreational facilities. Since Sea Point continues to attract a mixture of affluent and middle class residents, most are ready to invest in an agreeable seaside lifestyle that also offers outdoor recreational activities.
When searching for new homes along SA’s coastlines, first time homeowners may overlook the availability of public recreational facilities in and around local neighbourhoods. However, Sea Point property agent Sherna Abrahams of the Accommodation Shop says the Sea Point municipal pool is a popular feature with residents and visitors. In fact, she says as a selling point to agents it has resulted in local as well as foreign tenants who purchase annual passes for re-entering upon their return. Benefits to residents include healthy and affordable aquatic activities during the summer months, where convenient access is provided for young and disabled persons in wheelchairs.
As a result, this lifestyle within close proximity of public swimming amenities facilitates water safety to any number of families where domestic swimming pools are not an option. Particularly in view of coastal school curriculum with a focus on marine life, where young children visit beaches during school outings from pre-school ages. Although both the schools located in Sea Point have swimming pool facilities on the premises, they say this public facility in combination with the adjacent public park is used for occasional school outings.
Also used for fitness training purposes, many a famous South African athlete has made use of the Sea Point Pavillion public training facility. Trevor Hutton, SA’s free-diving champion and former world record holder trained here regularly prior to his 80m-deep dive 36km off Durban Harbour. This seaside suburb has over time also attracted famous property owners who enjoy the cosmopolitan ambience and world class 5km promenade now linked to the V & A Waterfront. A historic list of famous residents actor and writer Anthony Sher, professional golfer Sally Little, liberal Cape politician Saul Solomon, and Theatre on the Bay in Campsbay’s Richard Loring.