Western Cape Tourist AttractionsNantes Park
Where? Appledene Road, Bridgetown, Athlone, Cape Town
How? Call +27 (0)21 637-8836
During the 1970’s, Nantes Park was so named for local residents’ converging here to listen to ‘Die Geheim van Nantes’ on Springbok Radio. However, the next few decades saw a sharp decline in the savoury characters that would visit here, and it soon fell into a state of disrepair and neglect. So, when the City Parks Department suggested investing millions of Rands into revamping the park in 2007, the local community welcomed this idea with open arms, and was an active contributor to the success of this initiative.
Situated in the vibrant and historic suburb of Athlone, Nantes Park has become a hotspot for the neighbourhood’s youths to enjoy local activities, fresh air and warm sunshine. The BMX and skateboard area has been an important part of encouraging health, fitness and keeping busy to avoid being antisocial, and to discourage criminal activities.
With a total area of 17 hectares, there are two play areas for children, ensuring more than enough room for everyone. The outdoor gym is another feature that allows locals to get the most out of the park at no cost. The many walkways also encourage visitors to take leisurely strolls and enjoy the loveliness of the Western Cape in serene surrounds. Families will, no doubt, love Nantes Park as there are ample picnic spots that are surrounded by the verdant greenery that characterises Cape Town. These open areas are great for those wanting to kick a ball around in a scenic, informal space. The open-air amphitheatre is the perfect venue for performance art or musical shows, and the exhibition area promotes an appreciation for art and culture amongst locals and visitors alike. All of these features make Nantes one of the area’s most popular retreats from the hubbub of city living.
Nantes Park is open and free to enter every day during the daylight hours and is equipped with public ablutions.