The first step in our project of upgrading the Granny’s Pool area is to fill in the missing link to Main Beach. At present there is no easy way to follow the shoreline – it is rocky at low tide and impassable at high tide. And so we propose to build a walkway.
It will be raised above the rocks and the waves and it will protect the eco-system of the shore from trampling feet. It will fill in the last section of the coastal path from the Cape St Francis lighthouse to the Kromme River.It will provide safe footing for tiny tots and elders.It will give beach access to property owners who want to utilise it. It will include fishing bays for anglers. In short, it will be a community asset.
We will dedicate sections of the walkway to community members, with memorial plaques set into the footrail. If you would like to commemorate someone dear to you, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. This is our major fund-raising object for the year – you are invited to be a part of it.
The design of the walkway was done inhouse by KET committee members. Mr Trevor Wright assisted in the surveying of the proposed route. The Coastal Engineering review was undertaken by Laurie Barwell and Associates. This was required for the EIA submission to DEDEAT which was undertaken by Eco-Route Environmental Consulting. A response from DEDEAT is not expected before the end of April.
The walkway will be under 350m in length with 2 widened sections for viewing and fishing. It will be made up of 4,2m units; of the 80 odd units required 25 have already been assembled. Some were used at the recent SA Canoe Marathon Championships and are all currently in storage.
The estimated final cost of the walkway is approximately R750 000. Currently the main fund raiser is the Par 3/ Amazing Race event arranged by Maggie Langlands in conjunction with the SFB Links Golf Estate. The intention is to raise further funds by asking for donations for metre sections of the walkway.
Granny’s pool is an important site to the town. This project can be seen as a catalytic one in a string of pearls connecting the two harbours and beyond and back into the town. Connectivity is key for succesful urban design and this site lends itself to just that considering its orientation, proximity, and natural features. It would not take huge expenditure to develop a layout that forges inclusivity and offers tourist attraction as well as educational facilities.