principles underpinning the provision of open spaces range from
functional concerns such as stormwater management and on-site management
of environmental problems to more qualitative concerns such as ecological
preservation and provision of recreational spaces.
Urban open spaces provide relief from the
built-up urban environment in a number of ways. Whilst providing
recreational amenity, they also assist in stormwater management,
absorption of noise pollution, provision of conservation areas for
indigenous fauna and flora, regulation of the effects of the climate
and the supplying of areas for urban agriculture.
The GCM Open
Space system is an integral and functional part of the Durban Metropolitan
Open Space System (D-MOSS).
Three broad structural elements
were used in determining an Open Space System for Cato Manor:
are locations where conservation is the primary function.
Six core areas are proposed:
- SPCA Grasslands
- University Core
- Umbilo Meander
Link/Corridors ensure ecological
continuity between the core areas. These are typically associated
with water courses. Within Cato Manor a corridor exists along the
Umbilo River, linking the Roosfontein Core, Hillary/Bellair and
the University. The two other important links are the Umkumbaan
River between Maryvale and Bellair sports fields and along Bellair
Road essentially linking the University to Sherwood.