SANParks Honorary Rangers renovate People’s Trail Hut in Table Mountain National Park
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The SANParks Honorary Rangers, Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and Table Mountain National Park celebrated the hand-back of the newly renovated People’s Trail Hut.
The SANParks Honorary Rangers put forth a proposal to Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and took on the task of renovating the People’s Trail Hut in 2014 and completed the project in 2015.
“SANParks Honorary Rangers could not have undertaken such a challenging and rewarding project as that of renovating the People’s Trail Hut without the generous sponsorship of R100 000 from Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon,” said Sue Smith of the SANParks Honorary Rangers, Table Mountain Region.
WORK ON THE INTERIOR
The interior walls were stripped, scraped down, cracks patched, walls primer coated and painted - windows, door frames and doors were painted; wood was stripped and varnished; broken toilet seats were replaced and cisterns repaired. The kitchen and the storeroom were emptied, painted and everything packed in neatly again. Mattresses and sleeping bags repeatedly taken outside to be aired; beds were unbolted, dusted and bolted back in place. Pictures were taken down, cleaned and put back. New blinds were purchased and placed along all windows within the Hut.
New deck furniture was purchased and installed; Old deck furniture was given to James House children’s home in Hout Bay for their garden as part of the Table Mountain National Park’s Area North Mandela Day project which Table Mountain Region of the SANParks Honorary Rangers supported. New signs were installed acknowledging SANParks, SANParks Honorary Rangers and Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
The exterior walls were stripped, washed down, weather guard coated and painted. The eves were stripped, primed and painted; and gutters repaired/replaced. Unnecessary barbed wire and pipes were removed and broken windows were replaced.
Sewerage, water and plumbing repairs and maintenance was also carried out.
WORK IN THE GARDEN
The garden is an important space for youngsters to relax and socialise. The garden has been rejuvenated with alien species removed, new paths made with indigenous local stone from the quarry and an additional garden bench bought to create a conversation corner.
The project has elicited great interest and good will from all hikers walking past seeing the many volunteers at work. Many of the hikers visited the hut and asked about Table Mountain National Park’s environmental education programme and the work that the SANParks Honorary Rangers do.
“Table Mountain National Park’s, People and Conservation Department are thankful that the SANParks Honorary Rangers and Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Board took on the task of renovating the People’s Trail Hut. This facility, mainly focused on youth development, allows school groups and youth organisations within the Cape Town area, the opportunity to make use of the hut to enlighten, expose and instill appreciation for the natural environment in their hearts and minds.” said Calvin Mojapelo, People and Conservation Manager of Table Mountain National Park.