Bellville parkrun takes place in the Jack Muller/Danie Uys Park, which was closed to the public for several months during lockdown earlier this year.
When the park reopened, Co-Event Director Almarie, like so many of our parkrunners, was very happy to be able to enjoy this lovely space for exercise once more. She did notice that many areas in the park was very overgrown, especially the more formally planted area next to our parkrun’s “Heartache Hill”.
Almarie and Rene, one of our Run Directors, decided to meet up one Friday morning to remove some of the weeds in this area. This was done with the permission of the park management. They enjoyed themselves so much that they decided to meet regularly for an hour or two every Friday morning and were soon joined by other regular parkrun volunteers who are free during this time. Ivan is our oldest regular volunteer and Mike, who just had a shoulder operation, and his wife Corrie have also joined! The 3000 square metre garden portion of the park is quite large and severely overgrown, so there is more than enough space to maintain social distance while enjoying the sun and company. And weeding, of course!
Almarie said that they miss the regular parkrun Saturday mornings and the sense of community that exists between the Bellville parkrunners and volunteers. The clearing of the garden is a way to still feel connected to the park and parkrun. While there are so many negative aspects to lockdown, gardening has proven to be very therapeutic and something to look forward to every week. It is wonderful to see some plants appear and the garden slowly take shape and to know that this is due to physical work that you have done. Almarie is also our volunteer co-ordinator and loves that this is another way of keeping in contact with our volunteers during this time and to know that even while parkrun is not actively happening at the moment, parkrun can still make a difference in people’s lives!
Rene said “I like to DO things. When Almarie said that she volunteered to help clean Jack Muller Park, I grabbed the opportunity. With the lockdown, the parks and cleaning services of City of Cape Town is under duress. It is thus a way of helping the community and giving back for the privilege of using the park. I can honestly say that I love every minute pulling out weeds and cleaning around the plants, being outside and breathing fresh air. I talk to the plants; some have nicknames already, I enjoy spending my time there, also with the other volunteers, properly socially distancing of course. In summary I can say that we may spend 1 -2 hours cleaning but we get that back over and over in so many ways, mentally and physically. It is much cheaper than a therapist.”
The parkrun volunteers have donated trees to the park for the second time this year, and are very excited to see these planted in the finish funnel soon. Hopefully by the time parkrun returns to normal, we will have a little bit more shade in this area!
The Bellville parkrun team would like to remind our parkrunners that the park is open and a great place to log a (not)parkrun or just go for a walk, enjoy being outside in nature and perhaps explore parts of the park that is not on the regular parkrun route. They would also like to extend the invitation to anyone free on a Friday morning and in the area to come and join them in making a small difference in the park! Just like volunteering at parkrun, absolutely anyone is welcome to join in!
Bellville parkrun takes place in the Jack Muller/Danie Uys Park, which was closed to the public for several months during lockdown earlier this year. When the park reopened, Co-Event Director Almarie, like so many of our parkrunners, was very happy to be able to enjoy this lovely space for exercise once more. She did…
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