“It was extremely frustrating during lockdown, that when we had set times to go walk or do something as a community, we had nowhere to enjoy the outdoors,” says Waterfall resident Shaun Emslie. “I saw kids trying to make fun jumps and places to ride along the verges of roads, which is extremely dangerous. So I took it upon myself to start clearing trails for walking, running and mountain biking – and this became Cumec Park on Link.”
The land is owned by provincial government, but permission to use it was granted in due course. “The department eventually put up a fence, which helps hugely,” says Shaun. “And we were given keys to open the park at 7h00 and close by 18h00.”
There are three kilometres of fun, pet-friendly trails to enjoy for hikers, bikers and runners, as well as a picnic area and kids swings. And entrance is free!
Shaun keeps things under control with his brush cutter and is trying to build new, fun obstacles on the trails. “We are also putting up a basketball hoop on the old squash court soon, and clearing more areas for picnics,” he says. If you can help with upkeep or donations, please get in touch.
Waterfall Community Projects held successful events in the park for Halloween and Christmas, and the K9 Search and Resue use the park on some evenings for key training.
FOR MORE INFO:
- Shaun on 082 569 3133 (trail/maintenance)
- Chantal on 081 063 3087 (events)
- Instagram: cumec_park