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Attractions

Information on the various places of interest in the region is available at its People's Centres, libraries and recreation centres.

Region F is home to some of Johannesburg's best-known attractions, perhaps the most remarkable of which is the Newtown cultural precinct, a melting pot of Jozi's cosmopolitan inhabitants centred on Mary Fitzgerald Square.

The famous Market Theatre complex (telephone 011 832 1641) is situated here, with its theatres and traditional South African food.

Fordsburg is home to the busy bargain shopping centre, the Oriental Plaza (telephone 011 838 6752). Even those who don't need to shop travel long distances to eat the delicious Indian food on offer.

Braamfontein is another major cultural and entertainment area. The Civic Theatre (telephone 011 877 6800) hosts major musical and dance productions as well as smaller plays. The Wits Theatre (telephone: 011 717 1376) has established itself as an important venue hosting quality student productions on a regular basis.

 




Parks and open spaces
As part of the inner city cleanup, parks in the area have undergone major upgrades.

Joubert Park
This popular park caters for the thousands of flat dwellers living on its perimeter. The public toilets have been cleaned up and three chemical toilets have been placed in the park. An irrigation system is being put in place to restore the grass. The central fountain is to be upgraded and a large rose garden has been planted.

Donald MacKay Park
Located in Harrow Road, Berea the Donald MacKay Park is one of the city's oldest. It consists of several levels and beautiful stone walls. The park has had a major upgrade with play equipment moved into one area and soccer players allocated their own space. Chess sets have been introduced. New lighting has been erected along the east-west path, making it a pleasant boulevard, while toilets are to be installed in the future.

End Street Parks
There are three parks in End Street, Doornfontein and all have been transformed into low-maintenance, hard surface parks with gravel sections and attractive stone balls demarcating paths and play areas. The middle park is now closed from the street and for use by children only.

JL de Villiers Park

Originally a preferred hangout of drunkards, the JL de Villiers Park in Harrow Road, Berea now has small hillocks between paved pathways, a small soccer field, a basketball court, a fenced children's play area and stone balls running through it that have been painted a cheerful blue, giving it the nickname "Blue Park". Flowerbeds have been removed and replaced with grass.





Mitchell Park

This park, in Johnston Road, Berea was a flat, untidy hangout for criminals but is now referred to as the "Yellow Park". Its fenced children's area, under a shady grove of trees, has a bright yellow wall surrounding it, complemented by yellow bins and a brand-new yellow and red toilet. Basketball courts, mini soccer field and chess sets are added attractions, while the park's sweeping pathways allow for easy wheelchair access. Three braai bins have been erected under a group of trees, to attract more recreational users.

Edith Cavell Park
This small triangular park in Edith Cavell Road, Hillbrow has been transformed into a children-only park, which is locked during the mornings, with the key available from two local residents. It has been fenced and landscaped, and the out-of-use pools have been filled in with rock features.

Wemmer Pan - Pioneer Park
A master plan for the area was developed and this initiative comprises the economic development of the Wemmer Pan and surrounding areas. This includes upgrading the park, the reinstatement of the musical fountain as well as security aspects within the park to ensure a safe environment for the public.|





SoJo
This is an association for the upliftment of facilities and the establishment of employment opportunities in the south of Johannesburg. Called the Soweto Johannesburg Development Project (SoJo), it aims to link the east with the west by means of a tourist trail.

The trail runs from Pioneer Park past the James Hall Transport Museum and the Turffontein Race Course, through Gold Reef City and Theme Park, and past the Apartheid Museum to finish at the Hector Pieterson Memorial Park. Continuous efforts are being made to improve the attractions and facilities along this route.



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