Doing it for themselves

2015-07-14 06:00
Children play at the Patrys Square park in Kensington, which residents are going to improve.
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Children play at the Patrys Square park in Kensington, which residents are going to improve. PHOTOS: tiyese jeranji

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When kids are on holiday they need a safe place to play.

But for some kids in Kensington who usually use the Patrys Square park, this is often a luxury. Their park has become a pathway for residents and an easy target for vandalism.

The metal rods that surround the park have been stolen or bent and no longer serve their purpose.

With only three pieces of playing equipment left children don’t have much to entertain them.

But this may soon change through the formation of a parks committee in the area. The committee says they can’t continue to sit and watch as the park deteriorates. Some of their challenges now are a lack of lighting to play sport at night and cars parking on the park.

The parks committee has a lot planned for this park and they want to show the community what working together means for the better of the communities.

As part of improving the park they will make sure that there is fencing around it as well as nets for ball play. The pitch, which has been an easy access path for residents to the other side of the park, will be rejuvenated. They are even hoping to have a rose garden, herb garden and multi-purpose pitch. They want this park be the best practice model in their area.

Cheslyn Steenberg of the parks committee says they are improving their community and they are doing this with the children who use the park in mind.

“This is for the benefit of the kids. We are of the opinion that by improving the park, our children and their children will be able to have fun in a clean and safe environment. Furthermore, we want to show the rest of the city that we are facing social challenges but we are helping ourselves.

“We should note that the upgrade of this park will not happen overnight; it will take time, but residents are requested to be patient and continue their unwavering support so that the best may come out of what we are trying to do,” says Steenberg.

The area is crippled by poverty, unemployment and drug use. The parks in the area have been vandalised because people want to earn money by taking rods to the scrap yard. To make sure that park is maintained a permanent caretaker will look after it. However, the park committee is also calling on residents to be responsible.

“Now is the time to even better your support for this park: let’s continue to look out for elements that would attempt to vandalise the park; let’s not allow the illegal use of the park – be it parking or drinking in the park; let’s unite around our park, but most importantly, let our efforts sustain this park for years to come,” adds Steenberg.

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