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Johannesburg City Parks set a world record in 2007 by creating the first park developed in just 24 hours.

Now the award-winning XtremePark Makeover is an annual event, held to mark World Environment Week. The idea, based on the well-known television series, Extreme Makeover Home, is to turn a once derelict piece of land into a luscious green park complete with fountains, play equipment and recreational facilities.

The concept behind the project is to create hype and excitement about developing green open spaces in the city; to address the huge backlog in developing facilities in communities in an innovative way.

In doing so, City Parks hopes to attract corporate support and global attention towards city parks, and open up opportunities for funding and sponsorship.

The parks

Wilgeheuwel: In 2007, 200 hard-working members of the City transformed a barren piece of land in Wilgeheuwel, Roodepoort, into a charming, landscaped 1,22 hectare park, complete with lighting, trees, a mini-soccer field and a fountain.

Diepkloof: In 2008, a dusty corner in Soweto was transformed into the 2 hectare Diepkloof XtremePark, complete with a splash pool, a mini-soccer field, a multipurpose court, a natural amphitheatre area with a big television screen, and ablution facilities.

Protea Glen: It took a mere six hours to turn a bare patch of land into an attractive green space in Soweto in 2009. The Protea Glen XtremePark boasts a fountain, a mini soccer field, a playing area and a braai area.

Claremont: In 2010, Claremont XtremePark was created, fully equipped with playground essentials, park furniture, a water feature, an amphitheatre, a mini soccerfield, braai facilities, painted murals and over 3 300m² of landscaped lawn.

Pimville: It took 10 hours of intense labour to build this XtremePark in April 2011, but once if was complete 250 indigenous trees had been planted, and a basketball court and a mini soccer field were ready to use. The Pimville park also has playground equipment, grassed picnic spots and braai facilities.

Mongameli Park: June 2011 saw the transformation of a barren corner of Ivory Park turn into a green haven filled with children’s play equipment, recycling stations and upgraded netball and soccer fields.

Opportunities for companies

These parks are developed over 24-hours, with high-profile project management to maximise the impact. Branding opportunities exist for companies during the event and beyond.

What is needed: All components of park development, playground equipment, trees, automated irrigation systems.

Costs: R1-million to R10-million

Award winner

Johannesburg City Parks’ XtremeParks have been recognised internationally. In 2008 City Parks won gold in the United Nations' International Liveable Communities (LivCom) awards, specifically for the Diepkloof Xtreme Park.

City Parks was also the 1st runner up in the CPSI (Creative Problem Solving Institute) Awards in 2008 for its XtremePark Makeover in following categories: Public Sector Innovator of the Year; Innovative Partnership in Service Delivery; and COJ Appreciation Award – Best MOE.

It was also a finalist in the Vuka Awards for the Diepkloof project.

See more about City Parks’ awards.