DE­SIGN OF THE WEEK Green lung in the city

CityPress - - Opportunity index - GUGULETHU MH­LUNGU gugulethu.mh­lungu@city­press.co.za

We can’t wait for the new Metro Park, just south of the Nel­son Man­dela Bridge, to be open to the public.

The park, planned by the Jo­han­nes­burg Devel­op­ment Agency and Jo­han­nes­burg City Parks, con­verted what was once a dump­ing spot in the in­ner city into a green space in which res­i­dents can breathe, play, re­lax and gather.

The park fea­tures a play­ground, out­door gym, toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, an am­phithe­atre, lawns and pic­nic ta­bles, as well as about 200 in­dige­nous trees.

It isn’t open to the public yet, but it’s win­ning ac­co­lades al­ready. Ear­lier this year, the SA Land­scap­ers In­sti­tute recog­nised the park as an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of con­struc­tion de­sign at the an­nual SA Green In­dus­tries Coun­cil Con­ven­tion.

Ma­rina Land­scap­ing, the com­pany the devel­op­ment agency ap­pointed to de­velop Metro Park, was hon­oured with a Gold Award of Ex­cel­lence in the Land­scape Con­struc­tion with De­sign by Oth­ers cat­e­gory for out­stand­ing de­sign and devel­op­ment on the fa­cil­ity.

Con­struc­tion on the park be­gan in May last year and was com­pleted five months later.

The of­fi­cial open­ing of the park will be an­nounced soon.

PHOTO: JDA.ORG.ZA

EAT, PLAY, LOVE

The new Metro Park in the Joburg in­ner city

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