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Media Statement
Monday, 27 June 2019

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) has bagged 5 Gold awards and 1 silver at the prestigious South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) Awards 2019 in the categories of “Specialised Landscape Construction and Landscape Construction with Design respectively, for 3 inner city parks.

The 3 refurbished inner city parks, namely Katjiepiering, Leeuwbekkie and Cosmo Circle parks were previously illegal dumping spots in the disadvantaged area of Jan Hofmeyer in Region F. The parks now boast multifunctional playgrounds, landscaped lawns with outdoor gym equipment, new generation play equipment, rubberized surfaces, solar lights, bollards, park furniture, all enclosed with colourful themed fencing. Within walking distance of each other, these parks were developed to address the need for advanced recreational green spaces in this marginalised community in the area.

Katjiepiering Park is the largest of the 3 parks and is easily accessible to the majority of the community as well as students from the University of Johannesburg. The park provides senior and junior play equipment from 2-6 years old and 7-13 year olds which comprises brightly coloured formations of birds and flowers. The free-to-use outdoor gym equipment is available for those 12 years and older, to encourage healthy living while surrounded by trees, lawn and fresh air.

Leeuwbekkie Park, the second largest of the 3 was developed mainly as a children’s park and located close to a quiet side street where traffic is minimal. The same equipment at Katjiepiering can be found in this park.

Cosmo Circle Park being the smallest, caters for toddlers and 3-10 years of age and features a tricycle track with street markings to encourage road safety awareness. This park is strewn with bold colour, cleverly shaped play equipment for fun physical exercising, enough space to run and safe rubberized surfaces. A sure attraction to anyone who sets eyes on these parks.

The landscaping master planning of the parks by landscape architect Tania du Plessis from Blueprint Landscape Architecture (BPLA), together with contractor, Tswellapele Plants t/a Plantwise and City Parks and Zoo, did a sterling job in executing the brief which was to reclaim the once derelict spaces, into welcoming meetings points for all in the area.

Tswellapele Plants and BPLA were meticulous in their consideration of revamping these parks where recycled material was used, old equipment was refurbished equipment with little plant designs due to the lack of maintenance resources.

Durable bricked entrances and bollards and paved walkways with directional signs lead to all entry and exit points. Concrete furniture of benches, picnic tables and litter bins were custom designed, further complimenting these renewed parks. The local SMME’s were part and parcel from inception to completion of the parks, giving the community of Jan Hoffmeyer a sense of ownership and inclusiveness.

The SALI Awards of Excellence in Landscaping is one of the most prestigious landscaping national competitions in the country. The adjudication process is strict where judges seek innovative, fresh yet practical end products. Of the 145 entries received in 2019, a total of 71 projects were evaluated during the national round.

Based on the excellent execution of these projects, the teams received raving compliments by the judges: Project: Cosmos Park – Specialised Landscape Construction

An exercise in project excellence. Manufacturing of new play equipment to match revamped old equipment, attention to detail and finishing very well executed in every aspect of the project.

Excellent rubber work.
Well Done.

Project: Cosmos Park – Design by Others

An excellent example of a small space put to good use for the community.
An excellent installation packed with creativity from the contractor’s side to solve problems on site.
Re-use of old fencing and revamping of old play equipment in the installation.
Well Done.

Project: Kaitjiepiering Park – Specialised Landscape Construction

The play equipment, steel work and concrete form work as well as the creativity in this installation is superb, well done.

Project: Kaitjiepiering Park – Design by Others

An excellent example of world leading landscape installation. The paving on this project is meticulous, as well as the attention to detail in general.
The trimming of the edges around the tree circles needs some attention as well as the mounting of the soil around the base of the trees. In general, the construction work and rubber surfaces are well done with a few problem areas that will need to be repaired (on the rubber). Excellent well done.

Project: Leeubekkie Park – Specialised Landscape Construction

Excellent work on the terracing and the play equipment, attention to detail and meticulous standards. Well done.

Project: Leeubekkie Park – Design by Others

The installation done in this park is excellent, well done on the terracing, quality of finishes and attention to detail. Well Done. “Partnerships of this magnitude bring about tangible results and provides communities with much-needed green spaces where there’s something for everyone. More-so in areas such as Jan Hoffmeyer”, stated Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development in the City of Joburg.

ENDS
Issued by
Councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development
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