MMC Sifumba launches new parks

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.

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