PICS: Cape tidal pools open after R6m revamp, in time for summer

The City of Cape Town's Recreation and Parks Department has completed a multi-million rand upgrade to the Glencairn and Soetwater tidal pools. 

The city says this is just the latest in a series of coastal improvements in time for the bumper summer beach season - which will see an annual influx of more than a million visitors to City beaches.

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"Our tidal pools are popular spots as these shallow pools of seawater are the ideal space for families with younger children to enjoy our coast,"says the City of Cape Town's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

The R6 129 228 investment in recreational facilities allows for surrounding business to benefit as well.

The upgrade project included the construction of a new wall capping; the construction of a platform; the closing of old valves at the bottom of the pool; and the rehabilitation of the baby pool, platform and steps at Soetwater tidal pool.

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Two of the Cape's Tidal pools have undergone a maj
Two of the Cape's Tidal pools have undergone a maj
Two of the Cape's Tidal pools have undergone a maj

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Work done at Glencairn tidal pool include the demolition of the old remains of the wall, 90% of which had collapsed due to various holes in the foundations; construction of a totally new wall with fibre reinforced concrete; and the filling up of holes in the bedrock.
Two of the Cape's Tidal pools have undergone a maj

Two of the Cape's Tidal pools have undergone a maj

(Photos: City of Cape Town)

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Other major projects which have been implemented on the False Bay coastline include the upgrade of the Miller's Point recreation area, the resurfacing of the Fish Hoek walkway, the Strand sea wall and Fisherman's Lane in Strandfontein.

Various other projects have been identified for upgrade along the coast and are in the planning or implementation phase, and some are yet to be allocated funding, says the City. 

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The City has also confirmed not all its public pools will be open for the 2018/2019 summer season, due to ongoing water restrictions in the Western Cape. A full list of the pools that will be open can be viewed here

Here is the full list of family-friendly tidal pools dotted across the Western Cape to swim and play at this summer:

  • Kommetjie Tidal Pool, Kommetijie
  • Maiden’s Cove Tidal Pools, Camps Bay
  • Camps Bay Tidal Pool, Camps Bay
  • Saunders Rock Tidal Pool, Sea Point
  • Milton Tidal Pool, Sea Point 
  • Graaff’s Tidal Pool, Sea Point 
  • Wooley’s Tidal Pool, Kalk Bay 
  • Dalebrook Tidal Pool, St James 
  • Silverstroom, West Coast


  • St James Tidal Pool, St James 
  • Miller’s Point Tidal Pool, Simon's Town
  • Strandfontein Tidal Pool, Strandfontein

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