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City Parks news

The Klipspruit - Klip River rehabilitation project was launched on World Environment Day, marking the start of the City's week-long environmental awareness programme.

With only a few hours left, City Parks's extreme park make-over is on schedule. Workers ignored the cold and worked through the night to meet the 6pm deadline.

It took hard-working City Parks staff just 24 hours to transform a barren piece of land into an attractive park.

The Coca-Cola Dome in northern Johannesburg is the new venue for the African leg of the Live Earth concert, 24 hours of music across the world to highlight global warming.

Nelson Mandela turned 89 yesterday, and to mark the occasion 89 trees were planted at Thokoza Park. Another sapling will be added each year on the day.

Johannesburg City Parks, the custodians of greening the city, is calling for nominations of individuals and organizations that have made a substantial contribution to building a greener, more sustainable and better environment in Johannesburg.

Already the largest manmade urban forest in the world, Johannesburg is planning to add thousands more trees to its landscape, greening the traditionally neglected townships.

Thousands of trees are being planted in Soweto, with residents of Dobsonville receiving fruit trees for their yards on Arbor Day.

For a Dobsonville, Soweto, school a dream of a beautiful garden has become a reality.

City parks has turned Lenasia's Rose Park into an attractive green space, and residents have been urged to help keep it clean and safe.

The Johannesburg Botanic Gardens has opened its own wedding venue, the Chapel Garden, which has been revamped to provide a beautiful setting for nuptials.

 A day was set aside to focus on the health and wellness of City Parks staff. On hand were health care providers, optometrists, dentists and gym groups, among others.   

Yet more trees have been planted in Soweto, narrowing the green divide between the north and south of the city, and growing Joburg's man-made, urban forest.

Greening the south of Joburg is high on the City's priorities. Already trees have been planted and parks set up; the latest effort was a clean-up of the Klipspruit.

Staff, media and companies were all recognised for their contributions to greening Johannesburg. Work in the south of the city got particular attention.

There have been Jews in Johannesburg for the past 120 years, during which time the community has made an indelible mark on the city. It has celebrated this history by planting trees in Soweto.

City Parks and its private sector partner, Cell C, threw an early Christmas party for more than a thousand disabled children. Zola 7 and Lesego Motsepe joined the festivities.

The City of Joburg celebrated a landslide victory at the United Nations endorsed Livable Communities awards in London, winning 4 Gold Awards, 1 silver, 1 bronze, sharing 2nd position in the Whole City category and winning the only bursary of the competition for the 2010 Greening Soweto Legacy Project, which will go towards installing a play park for children with physical challenges in Soweto.

Johannesburg's City Parks bagged more awards than any other city at an international greening competition organised by the United Nations.

The environment will be a primary beneficiary of World Cup legacy projects, with a number of greening projects planned, but it will not be the only winner after 2010.

Far from being a dusty, concrete-filled city, Johannesburg is filled with leafy trees and has dozens of spacious green lungs. Each region has its own flagship park, among the many smaller ones.

Golf is coming to Alexandra in the form of a new driving range, built as a legacy project of the Joburg Open, which begins on 10 January.

Thousands of trees are being planted in Soweto under the award-winning Greening Soweto, aimed at turning the sprawling township into an urban forest ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. And the City is calling on more people to participate.

Johannesburg City Parks and its partners are set to observe World Wetlands Day on 31 Jan and 1 Feb 2008. Key dignitaries will be involved in a clean up campaign along the Klipspruit Catchment, south of Johannesburg. The event will culminate in a formal address by the Deputy Minister for the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry in Kliptown on 1 February.

Climate change is being brought home to ordinary Joburgers, who have noticed trees shedding their leaves early and plants flowering out of season, or not flowering at all. In response, planting trees is a small step each resident can take.

Eldorado Park finally lives up to its name, with a lush green space opened for play. It even has a big screen television where people can gather to watch sport or other programmes.

Schoolchildren learned the value of keeping the environment clean when they picked up litter along the Diepsloot wetlands, as part of National Water Week.

Park rangers, driving 4x4s, will now take care of safety and security at Joburg's parks, cemeteries and other green lungs.

City Parks, in partnership with Township TV and other sponsors, is bringing free television entertainment to poorer communities across Joburg. With two up-and-running already, in all seven Township TV sites are planned over the next three years.

The poor suburb of Bram Fischerville now has its own green lung, after Region C and City Parks built an inviting park for the area.