Maynardville Park features rolling expanses of lawn populated with trees and a vibrant eco-system of birds. There is also a water feature and children’s playground. The park is used to host a range of community activities throughout the year.
The park includes the famous Maynardville open-air theatre. This spectacular green gem has earned its reputation of being the best-loved outdoor theatre venue in the Cape! It is best known for its annual Shakespeare-in-the-Park productions which have been taking place over the last 50 years. The open-air theatre attracts an average attendance of 20 000 patrons per year, a strong focus of which is the Cape’s schools.
Some interesting trees that can be seen include the diagonally trunked Mediterranean cork oak (Quercus suber), which is a perfect tree for the beginner tree climber, three fine conical shaped swamp cypress (Taxodium distichum) native to the southern United States, and the pale and elegant lemon-scented gum trees (Eucalyptus citriodora) in the library car park which are magnificent by day and ghostly by moonlight – crush a leaf before you leave!
One of the charms of the parks is the Krakeelwater, which resurfaces in Maynardville, broadening at one point into a pond. A large flock of cattle egrets roosts on the island. Other birds common to the area are Egyptian geese, moorhens, hadedas and sacred ibis, red-knobbed coots and reed cormorants. A wooden bridge crosses the stream where a short stretch of it can be seen in its natural state.
Maynardville Park is managed by the Maynardville Park Action Committee (MPAC), a public-private partnership between the City of Cape Town and the Wynberg community.
Maynardville also hosts carnivals, fairs, markets, motor shows, wedding receptions, and religious gatherings.