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Our Committee

strive to conserve the essence of the park, whilst improving its cleanliness and functionality.
In short, we want to make it the best possible place for YOU, the community!



1881

David Christiaan de Waal, a close friend of Cecil John Rhodes and mayor of Cape Town in 1889 and 1890, saw the potential for a park in the land below the recently constructed Molteno Reservoir, which bordered by the road leading up to the Oranjezicht farm, Camp Street (already an important road) and an orchard.

1895

De Waal Park was opened to the public.

1898

The Victorian Fountain was installed in the middle of the park.

1899

Apart from the exotic trees that were planted, many at the instigation of D C de Waal who had a passion for trees, the wall along Camp Street was built followed by the wall up Upper Orange Street.

1905

The bandstand was moved to the park after its use in the Cape Town Industrial Exhibition in Green Point. Military bands performed there on Sunday afternoons for many years.

1952

The park became the venue of the annual Theatrical Garden Party (the origin of today’s Community Chest Carnival).

1968

The park was declared a National Monument.

1985

A pond was built around the Victorian fountain, diagonal footpaths were laid and lighting was installed, forming the basic structure of the park so well loved today.

2008

The Friends of De Waal Park was formed.

2010

Concerts in the park return at the instigation of the FDWP.

Friends of De Waal Park / Standard Bank – Thibault Square Branch / Account No.: 070 125 481 / Branch code: 051 001