Living loud with Liezel: Fighting the heat

Living loud with Liezel: Fighting the heat
By Liezel Van Der Westhuizen

By Liezel Van Der Westhuizen

The last week’s heat wave has had me thinking of ways to cool down in Cape. Town
I recently discovered a spray park in Valhalla Park and found out that it is one of the six spray parks that the City of Cape Town has developed. The other parks are located in Dunoon, Ocean View, Scottsville, Khayelitsha and Nyanga.

A spray park or splash pad covers an area of about 200 to 400m², with non-slip concrete or rubber matting, and features a variety of different spray nozzles. Each spray park is designed to cater for different age groups, from toddlers to teens.

Spray parks don’t have any standing water, which means that they are safe and fun places to cool off without the risk of drowning. I also recently discovered that Cape Town has 36 public swimming pools and some which are considered the has most breathtaking public swimming pools in the world, many consisting of Olympic sized pools, splash pools for children, and fully equipped springboard diving pools.
And let’s not forget the 28 beaches and 19 tidal pools around the city – there’s no better way to cool down on a weekend than spending time next to the ocean.

There are also many water and fun parks in and around the city, and they present another perfect way to keep cool.
There are four water parks that I discovered, including Waterworld Strand, which is a popular family fun park near Strand Beach. The water park has a kids’ waterslide, adventure play section, shaded Jacuzzi pool for parents, coffee shop and benches with umbrellas for picnics. The venue is protected from the wind and the pools are solar heated. There are also water parks in Muizenberg; Milnerton and Gordonsbay.

And for a more adventurous time, why not try your hand at water skiing or wakeboarding at Blue rock, which is situated on the beautiful slopes of the Helderberg Mountains, a stone’s throw away from Sir Lowry’s Pass, Somerset West and Gordons bay.
So no matter how you cool down during the remainder of this hot summer, always remember to wear sun screen and don’t overdo it in the sun.
Have a safe fun cool weekend.

Twitter: @liezelv