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There is more parkland in the deep south of Joburg, where City Parks has installed its first green roof. Clove Park also now has an array of recreational facilities.
RESIDENTS of Zakariyya Park in Region G are the recipients of a spotless new park. And even more exciting than turning the previously undeveloped area into a green sanctuary is that it is the siteof City Parks’ first green roof.

 

Clove Park has undergone a pleasant transformationClove Park has undergone a pleasant transformation“[Clove Park] was used as a dumping area, with only pathways and broken play equipment,” says the spokesperson for City Parks, Jenny Moodley. This once barren spot where unwanted paraphernalia went to die, now boasts an impressive array of features to keep playtime running overtime.

“There are paved pathways; an ablution facility with a green roof; fenced play equipment with safety rubber; fencing; a soccer field and a multipurpose court; trees; lawns; an irrigation system; lighting; park furniture such as bins, braais and seating walls; signage and traditional games,” she says.

Green roofs have been taking the world by storm, and are making an appearance in South Africa too.A green roof is one which is either partially or completely covered by grass or other indigenous vegetation. No extra support is needed, and it is possible to establish this on an existing structure, as long as the gradient is not too steep.

The eThekwini Municipality, which includes the city of Durban, has established a pilot project and is currently working on maintenance of the roofs and development of water harvesting systems to improve the sustainability of the scheme.

Clove Park, before the upgradesClove Park, before the upgradesVarious other places in the country have also jumped on the bandwagon and have implemented green roofs. These include the roof of the parking area at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, the Grace Hotel in Rosebank, Forum Homini Boutique Hotel in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and Stellenbosch University’s library.

Green roofs have been found to insulate the building, reducing the amount of heating and cooling that is required; lower the amount of storm water run-off; absorb carbon monoxide from the air and chemicals and heavy metals from rain water; protect against sound; and increase the lifespan of the roof.

Clove Park encompasses 4 750 square metres and took five months to complete, with 25 jobs created over that period. Construction began on 14 October 2010, with the finished product emerging from its cocoon in March this year.

It was the focus of City Parks’ campaign to green the area as Region G, in Joburg’s far south, had a vast shortage of recreational facilities. “In the 2010/11 financial year, we focused mostly on Region G to improve the state of their facilities,” Moodley says.

Rejuvenating the run-down area cost R3million. Clove Park is at 3164 Primrose Street in Zakariyya Park.

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