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In just 10 hours, City Parks and its partners plan to turn a barren and dusty piece of ground used as an illegal dump site, into a lush green park for family fun.
YET another dilapidated park will be transformed into a lush oasis for picnicking and playing in just 10 hours, when City Parks roll out its fifth XtremePark Makeover to mark Earth Day.


The park in Pimville The park in Pimville is in need of attentionThis time, the radical park makeover will happen on Wednesday, 20 April at the corner of Monekakani and Ndaba streets in Pimville, Soweto. Work will begin at 8am and continue until 6pm.

At the end, the park will be complete with ablution facilities, 16 new playground pieces, paved walkways, 250 indigenous trees, grass picnic areas, park furniture, a mini soccer field, a basketball court, rubbish bins and a fence around the park.

In all, 50 community members, 230 City Parks officials and 30 tractors will be involved in the work.

The transformation of the barren playground into a fully fledged park is being undertaken to meet the recreational needs of surrounding communities and to curb illegal dumping at the site, according to City Parks.

“The 10-hour Pimville XtremePark Makeover is poised to become one of the leading outdoor recreation hubs in the southern quadrant of Johannesburg, completing the environmental and socio-economic revival of Soweto, making the township a highly acclaimed blueprint for urban planning on the continent,” it says.


Scenes during an XtremePark Makeover in DiepkloofScenes during an XtremePark Makeover in DiepkloofCity Parks’ extreme parks are dotted across areas of Joburg that were historically neglected in greening campaigns, in the west and in Soweto. This is part of the utility’s strategy to create beauty and improve quality of life. The four parks are Diepkloof, Wilgeheuwel, Protea Glen and Claremont Park.

According to City Parks’ spokesperson, Jenny Moodley, such facilities form an important part of the community; they give children a place to play and an environment for adults to relax and socialise.

The Pimville makeover will mark Earth Day, a day that is intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the environment. Earth Day is celebrated on Friday, 22 April.

The first Earth Day was held in 1970, when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organised protests against the deterioration of the environment.

The day was founded by the United States senator, Gaylord Nelson, as a day to teach and learn about the environment. Even though the first Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organisation launched by Denis Hayes took it international in 1990 by organising Earth Day events in 141 countries.

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