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A new park has opened in Meadowlands, adding to Joburg City Parks' growing portfolio of "green lungs" in Soweto.

New park unveiled in Meadowlands, Soweto
A state-of-the-art children's play area is among a range of facilities at the new park in Meadowlands.

Soweto residents no longer have to drive all the way to the Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia to take wedding photographs, as they can now do so on their own doorstep.

So said Johannesburg Executive Mayor Parks Tau as he officially opened a new recreational park in Meadowlands Zone 7, Soweto on Wednesday, 2 September.

The Mayor also planted a tree to mark the beginning of Arbor Month, a day after Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, with the assistance of community members and learners from local schools, planted 800 trees at Kanana Park, south of Johannesburg.

City Parks is on a mission to plant at least 3 000 trees across Joburg this Arbor Month, in line with the City's mission to foster a green culture in order to boost the environment along with residents' health and well-being.

The new park in Meadowlands features a large open space with a lush lawn and trees, a mini soccer field, a state-of-the-art children’s playground with rubberised surfaces, special irrigation, spider theme fencing, ornamental paving, sculptures, wall seats, and a braai area along with other outdoor furniture and signage.

Gospel singer Thembisile Ntaka
Gospel singer Thembisile Ntaka performs at the opening of the new park.

Mayor Tau said the park gave the residents of Soweto in general, and Meadowlands in particular, a venue for hosting social events.

He added that residents would soon be given the opportunity to come up with a name for their new facility.

The park is a welcome addition to the growing portfolio of "green lungs" in Soweto,  that include Thokoza Park in Dlamini and Dorothy Nyembe Park in Dobsonville.

Wednesday's opening was also attended by Community Development MMC Chris Vondo, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo Managing Director Bulumko Nelana, community members and learners and teachers from nearby schools.

Source: and City Parks reporter