Car wash, play parks boost for Walmer

THE Mandela Bay Development Agency has called for proposals for the development of a car wash and two play parks in Nelson Mandela Bay's Walmer township.

Construction of the car wash, which would be operated by the youth from the area, will begin next year, along with the development of two play parks at Sakhasonke Village. The MBDA advertised the requests for proposals from suitable service providers yesterday.

MBDA development and planning manager Eldrid Uithaler said the idea for a car wash came from the community.

"As you know there are plans for development in Walmer township and the car wash was one of the things identified by the community as things they need," Uithaler said.

A project committee of youth was nominated by the community to coordinate with the MBDA to develop the carwash.

"The MBDA will assist the Walmer group to come up with their own sustainable business operational plan. The community will choose who will run the car wash and when and what will take place," he said.

Uithaler said there was funding available from the municipality for development in Walmer township, which prompted the MBDA to plan for two play parks at the Sakhasonke Village in Victoria Drive.

The successful bidders would have to install playground equipment, fence and landscape the designated areas and pave the entrance areas.

"We hope to start work on the play parks from the end of January 2014.

"It's an eight-month project and we hope construction of the two play park projects will run concurrently," Uithaler said.

"It will be two small parks because they will be situated at the housing complex. We envisage three or four pieces of equipment in each park because there is a problem of limited space."