Joburg wins award for Xtreme Park project

Posted by Laura Grant on November 13, 2008
Posted in Green News

Johannesburg City Parks’ innovative Xtreme Park project, which turns barren patches of land in the city’s townships into community parks in just 24 hours, has won an international award, reports Bua News.

Earlier this year, the Xtreme Park Makeover 2008 project turned a piece of land that had been a dumping ground for rubbish in Soweto’s Diepkloof informal settlement into a place where children could play and the community could enjoy the outdoors. The project was inspired by the Extreme Makeover TV series.

“We build parks within 24 hours that are equipped with basketball courts, mini-soccer pitches, fountains, big-screen televisions, fencing, paved walkways and ablution facilities,” Luther Williamson, the MD of City Parks, told Bua News. “The parks are about two hectares in size and cost R4.6 million each to build”.

City Parks has built two of these parks, one in the Diepkloof informal settlement and the other in Weltevreden Park in Randburg.

City Parks won a Gold Award in the Natural Projects Category of the United Nations-endorsed International Liveable Communities Awards 2008.

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