MMC Si­fumba launches new parks

The re­ju­ve­na­tion of parks will make the in­ner city more at­trac­tive to lo­cals and to po­ten­tial in­vestors

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter [email protected]­ner-city-gazette.co.za

Although the City of Joburg has in­vested mil­lions, they be­long to you and you must en­sure they are not van­dalised,” said Mem­ber of the May­oral Com­mit­tee for Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Cllr Nonhlanhla Si­fumba.

MMC Si­fumba was ad­dress­ing res­i­dents of Belle­vue and Yeoville in Re­gion F as the Joburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) launched the two parks, which cost a com­bined R6 mil­lion and em­ployed seven lo­cal res­i­dents dur­ing con­struc­tion phase.

JCPZ Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Brian Maduka said the City was on course to open more parks soon fol­low­ing the launch of the R14 mil­lion Juskei Park in Alexan­dra last month. “The West­dene Park is 95% com­plete and Pat­ter­son Park near Nor­wood is al­most com­plete.”

The City’s new

ad­min­is­tra­tion has com­mit­ted to re­ju­ve­nate the in­ner city and grow the city’s econ­omy by 5% by 2021. To achieve this goal, it is im­per­a­tive that the in­ner city at­tracts vis­i­tors and in­vestors.

The re­ju­ve­na­tion of parks will make the in­ner city more at­trac­tive to lo­cals and to po­ten­tial in­vestors.

Mil­lions have been in­vested in the up­grade of parks to en­sure that the pre­vi­ously for­got­ten peo­ple of the in­ner city are in­cluded in the city’s green foot­print.

The fea­tures in Belle­vue Park in­clude a path­way (1 150m2), fenc­ing, a soc­cer field, an out­door gym, rub­berised sur­face play equip­ment, a skateboard ramp and a run­ning track have been added to the park. The grass area takes up ap­prox­i­mately 4 000m2.

A unique fea­ture of the Belle­vue Park is the colour­ful mu­rals that were painted by a lo­cal

artist.

Cavendish Park boasts a path­way (650m2), grass, fenc­ing, a stage, an out­door gym, play­ground equip­ment, rub­berised sur­face play equip­ment and a skateboard ramp have been added to the park. The grass area takes up ap­prox­i­mately 2 000m2.

In ad­di­tion, the in­stalled park benches are made of con­crete for dura­bil­ity and ease of use.

Jo­han­nes­burg City Parks and Zoo over­sees over 2 343 parks, all ac­tively serv­ing the com­mu­ni­ties. Parks serve as essen­tial green lungs for the city and of­fer ac­tive and pas­sive recre­ation.

Res­i­dents who spot any il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties in the City’s open spa­ces are urged to call 10111 or Park Rangers on 011 472 6539 dur­ing of­fice hours.

Pic­ture: Enoch Le­hung

Mem­ber of the May­oral Com­mit­tee for Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment (MMC) Cllr Nonhlanhla Si­fumba swings a child in Belle­vue, Joburg, at the newly opened Belle­vue Park on Wed­nes­day, April 4 2018.

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