Over R12 million is pumped into renovating the entire park, including the landscaping, picnic areas, playgrounds, walkways as well as the wetland itself. Work began in October and is scheduled to be completed in April 2013, when the facility will host international guests attending the Airport Cities World Conference and Exhibition (ACE).
“The rehabilitation and beautification of wetlands is one the City’s flagship projects and the Germiston Lake upgrade demonstrates how the City is shaping itself into becoming Africa’s first aerotropolis,” explains Ekurhuleni spokesperson Samuel Modiba.
The park has been designed to encourage residents to enjoy the outdoors and features a fully equipped open-air gym; revamped pathways for walking and jogging; three playground areas; new park furniture, braai and picnic facilities including Victorian-styled gazebos.
There is something for everyone at the park, and the designated play area is expected to be a favourite amongst parents and their children. There will be a junior playground which will be furnished with modern play equipment designed to encourage learning through play. Old playground equipment will be revamped and placed in the senior kids’ playground. The skate park will also be fenced off and restored.
Another special feature of new park is the play area which will be tailor-made to accommodate people living with disabilities. Modiba said that accessibility was a priority for the City and this was incorporated into the design of every area in the park.
The “Jazz festival section” is to be converted into a classy outdoor venue and the “19th hole” will be removed and landscaped. All of the buildings in the park will receive a fresh layer of paint and tiling where necessary. Two of the four ablution blocks will be rebuilt in the future. The Old Kingfisher restaurant and Mojo buildings will temporarily be wrapped as the usage thereof is yet to be finalised.
Consideration was also given to restoring the infrastructure like the roads, paving, street lights, irrigation, storm water channels, water and electricity supply. Visitors should note the vehicles will no longer be permitted to park inside the facility, but only at the designated parking area.
The City is also monitoring the water quality in Victoria Lake and the Water Master machine has been commissioned to clean up the lake. Furthermore, spraying of unwanted vegetation will also take place.
To ensure that the investment is not vandalised and that visitors are safe, the City will also be increasing security at the facility. “We are also looking into introducing park wardens who will monitor activities in the park,” concluded Modiba.