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Clove Park is an oasis in the deep south of Joburg, the City’s latest investment in greening the area. It also has a recycling centre and a green roof.
BRAND-NEW play equipment gleams in the sun at Clove Park in Zakariyya Park. The grass is neatly trimmed and there is not a leaf out of place on any of the 132 frost-hardy trees.

 

MMC for environment Matshidiso Mfikoe plants a treeMMC for environment Matshidiso Mfikoe plants a treeThis is the newest addition to the City Parks family, and it was officially opened on 6 May by the member of the mayoral committee for environment, Matshidiso Mfikoe.
 

“City Parks aimed to transform this undeveloped space with symptoms of illegal dumping and littering into a green oasis that we can all take pride in,” she said.

It has been turned into a haven complete with soccer field, braai areas, themed fencing and playgrounds, solar-powered heating, a recycling station and City Parks’ first green roof.

“[The green roof] means that the best greening principals were adopted in the design to showcase a green park,” Mfikoe said.

She was also impressed by the addition of a recycling station and thanked the acting managing director of City Parks, Geoffrey Cooke, and his team for “having the foresight to ensure that a recycling station is included in the development of all new parks in the City of Joburg”.

The colourful yet tranquil green lung nestled in the heart of the deep south will give children in the area a healthy and enjoyable environment in which to learn.

 

Ready for play: Clove ParkReady for play: Clove ParkMfikoe urged members of Zakariyya Park to take care of it. “I am hopeful that the green-themed and painted park with pictures of flowers and insects will also serve as a reminder to all of us to keep the park clean, green and safe.
 

“My message to residents is that we need you to protect this facility,” she said. “Clove Park has been developed for the children and their families to enjoy for years to come. If you deface the walls with graffiti, litter, deliberately damage the play equipment or use this park to consume alcohol, then you are defeating the purpose of the City spending just under R3-million to develop the park.”

This rejuvenated area forms part of the City’s strategy to address the greening imbalances between north and south. “While over 200 000 trees have been planted and over 23 new parks have been developed in the southern quadrant of Joburg, the north of Joburg still has more trees, parks and recreational facilities.”

Areas such as Zakariyya Park, Vlakfontein, Orange Farm and Lenasia have been earmarked as the focus of the City’s capital projects in the south. Work on Clove Park created 40 jobs and also ensured that there was a transfer of skills to the community during the construction phase.

It can be found at 1249 Clove Street in Zakariyya Park.

 

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