After being closed for renovations for about five months, the East London Aquarium opened its doors to the community once again last on Saturday, September 22.
Friends of East London Aquarium (Fela) committee member Tamarin Freeman-Elliott said the closure of the aquarium came after a storm left the venue damaged last year.
“This renovation was purely the re-building of what the storm had damaged. The whale-watching pier, the seal enclosure’s glass panelling and seating area, the decking all along to the centre, and the tidal pool lookout deck had to be redone,” she said.
Buffalo City Metro (BCM) spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya said the aquarium repairs, which amounted to a total of R2.8m, also included structural work and replacement of embankments that had been washed away.
“We encourage the public to visit as often as possible, especially now that everything is we are back to normal,” Either weekend is good to visit, with this weekend being calmer in terms of activities and the weekend of the 29th for more active involvement and fun,” he said.
He added that the community can join Fela by following the aquarium’s operations and activities on their Facebook page.
“People can also get involved with volunteer work when it is available and in general, visit more regularly for so that you get a good glimpse of the ocean life,” at the aquarium,” said Ngwenya.
In celebration of their re-opening, the aquarium has planned a fun-filled day on Saturday. September 29.
“We are having a Fine and Fishy Market where there will be lots of fun for the whole family. There will be marine- themed stalls, face painting, sand art, crafts related to the ocean and much more,” said Freeman-Elliott.