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City Parks news

The world has sat up and taken notice of Johannesburg's innovative Xtreme Park, built in Diepkloof in just 24 hours.

The ambitious City Parks project has been recognised internationally with a UN-endorsed award for its contribution to improving the lives of communities.

Residents are invited to comment on a plan for the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, which will increase the gardens in size but restrict the areas for dog walking.
See a map of the proposed changes [PDF, 3MB]

People from around the world are joining the greenie ranks and investing in the planet, and Joburg is no exception. 

The latest winner in the annual My Dream Park competition has its new park. The playground at Mayibuye Primary School in Midrand has been opened for play.

ITS commitment to job creation and skills development has been recognised – City Parks has won a national award from the Department of Labour.

The annual City Parks Environmental Awards acknowledges the efforts of employees and others who go out of their way to make Johannesburg a cleaner, greener city.

Johannesburg’s many green parks are governed by its public open spaces by-laws, which aim to keep the facilities beautiful.

Severe tree pruning is necessary to ensure Joburg's street trees do not interfere with the overhead power cables distributing electricity across the city.

Nelson Mandela planted a white stinkwood in Thokoza Park on his 90th birthday, helping City Parks take another step on the Greening Soweto path.

It's national Arbor Week and Joburg is taking up the lead by planting more than 60 000 trees in September.

City Parks has delivered another first for Joburg: the Nkanyezi Stimulation Park, an oasis for disabled children.

Whistles will be given to the visitors of Zoo Lake and the Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia to help make parks safer.

The Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary has been restored, thanks to the combined efforts of several stakeholders, including the Delta Environment Centre and City Parks.

Rose Park has become the fourth city park to have a big screen public television, funded by Township TV.

The private sector and ratepayers' associations have stepped in to help the City turn around James and Ethel Gray Park. The plan is to boost its recreational potential.

Joburg will mark World Wetlands Day with clean up campaigns and awareness programmes across the city. The international theme this year is "Fish for tomorrow".

Bailey Spruit and Lenasia Vlei were cleaned up by school pupils and City Parks as part of activities to celebrate World Wetlands Day.

The governments of Norway and Denmark have pledged to pour millions of rands into the Greening of Soweto Legacy Project. The plan is to plant more than 300 000 trees in the township over the next four years.

There is a shortage of burial space in Johannesburg, but the new memorial park in Diepsloot will go some way towards easing the crisis, with space for over a hundred thousand burials.

President Thabo Mbeki has promised his government "is prepared to address all issues raised" at a community meeting in Soweto. He was in the township as part of the Gauteng Presidential Imbizo tour of Joburg.

Revamped parks open for playTwo parks in high-density city suburbs have been reopened, after multimillion rand revamps – one in Yeoville and one in Troyeville.

The first road island targeted by City Parks has been given a make over. From a rubble strewn bit of land, it is now a beautiful green space.

In just 24 hours, City Parks aims to transform an open space into a lush green oasis with plenty of space for children to play. And it is just the first of what is hoped will be an annual event.

The hard work and dedication of scores of City Parks workers was noted when the agency's acting managing director toured the city handing out certificates.

An environmental awareness campaign looks at global warming and the effects of climate change. It includes a youth summit, spot testing of vehicle emissions and an extreme park make-over.

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.