The area defined as the Two Rivers Urban Park (TRUP), located at the confluence of the Black and Liesbeek Rivers, is a special and unique place in Cape Town. The area comprises sensitive ecological systems and habitats along the rivers, extensive open space areas, significant institutions (including the South African Astronomical Observatory and Valkenberg), historical buildings and cultural landscapes (such as Maitland Garden Village and Oude Moulen).
TRUP is a Multipurpose Urban Park and “created green space”, in terms of the draft 2030 Spatial Framework for the City (August 2006) on which the Integrated Development Plan for the City is based. The vision of the regional area known as the TRUP, is “to rehabilitate, protect, secure and enhance the intrinsic ecological qualities of the area, to conserve the unique cultural landscape, to encourage environmental education, to maximize opportunities for all people, and to promote sustainable development”.
The TRUP process has, from its initiation, included all interested and affected parties. The city and the affected communities engaged in a series of workshops between 2003 and 2009, in order to establish the TRUP Association. The Two Rivers Urban Park Association now comprise of a diverse range of land owners, (including provincial government, private businesses and council), as well as numerous individuals undertaking activities associated with the area.
Liz McDaid has been involved with advocacy and more recently leadership for this association for over ten years, along with support from other partners of the Green Connection.