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A green lung has opened in Pennyville, providing a relaxing park for residents. It has play equipment, picnic spots and landscaped gardens.
PENNYVILLE Park, the only open recreational space in Pennyville, now stands proud and ready to be used.


Executive mayor Amos Masondo plants a tree to signify the opening of Pennyville ParkExecutive mayor Amos Masondo plants a tree to mark the opening of Pennyville ParkThe park was officially opened in the presence of excited parents and children by the executive mayor of Johannesburg, Amos Masondo, and other City officials, on Monday, 18 April.

One of the parents, who is also a teacher at Pennyville Crèche, Colleen Ndlovu, said: “We are extremely happy because our children now have a safe place to play after school. It will not only help our children but even us. When we are stressed and have our own issues we can just take a walk to the park, sit and think properly while getting the needed fresh air.”

Ten-year-old Mpumelelo Duma was so excited about the seesaw and swings that he only managed a quick, “I love our park,” before running off to join the others on the swings.

The new facility cost the City R3-million and is big enough to accommodate 7 000 people, according to Masondo. Pennyville is a mixed housing development close to the New Canada Train Station in southwestern Joburg.


Children enjoy swings at Pennyville ParkChildren enjoy swings at Pennyville ParkThe park has swings, a soccer field, seating place, water taps, an irrigation system, traditional games spots, pathways and landscaped picnic areas.

It falls under the City’s broader greening project, Bridging the Green Divide, under which more than 200 000 trees have been planted in southern Joburg. There is also continual rehabilitation and greening of the Jukskei and Klip rivers and the greening of soccer fields, especially in the southern part of the city.

“To mark the launch of the new park in Pennyville, I urge us all, including Johannesburg City Parks, to pledge to take care of and nurture the park for generations to enjoy, and to mark Earth Day by committing ourselves to adopting more healthy lifestyles,” Masondo said.

Earth Day is celebrated on 22 April. The observance began in the United States in 1970, and went international in 1990. The day is meant to inspire awareness and appreciation of the environment, and to call for a healthy, sustainable environment.

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