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2019-09-25 06:00
Ward 10 councillor, Andy Jordan, boasting the new play park in Parkside. Photo:KAILIN DANIELS

Ward 10 councillor, Andy Jordan, boasting the new play park in Parkside. Photo:KAILIN DANIELS

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A COLOURFUL play park officially opened to children and residents in Parkside last week.

The park, built on a piece of vacant land opposite Parkside Primary School, has a lawn and winding paths, with jungle gyms, seesaws, swings and many more fun activities for children.

Ward 10 councillor, Andy Jordan, saw the need for a play park on the vacant land three years ago, after receiving numerous complaints from Parkside residents.

“Vagrants used the open land for all the wrong reasons and some people used the space as a parking lot and played loud music. This has been a problem for many years and residents became irate because of this,” Jordan said.

Jordan approached the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s (NMBM) parks department and asked for fencing around the vacant land. The NMBM agreed to build a park a few months ago after a fence was installed.

A volunteer from Parkside Primary will open the park at 08:00 and it will be closed at night by a ward committee member.

Jordan added, “We have to control the use of the park at first to avoid vandalism taking place. Some of the children have already managed to climb over the fence to play on the jungle gym. The gate was kept locked to clean the park.”

Residents will also benefit from an outdoor gym, which will be installed soon, consisting of gym equipment for all to enjoy.

“We have also included benches for parents to sit and relax while they watch over their children.

“The outdoor gym will assist with daily exercises as gym fees are too expensive.

“For now there are lots of volunteers to ensure the safety of the children. However, the park is also for parents to come with their children, not only to watch them, but to spend quality time with them,” Jordan said.

A Parkside resident said that he was grateful for the play park and that it would assist in keeping children off the streets.

He said, “The park is a brillant idea and children will have something to do after school. As a parent, I’m always fearful that something bad will happen to my child, but now I can sit and relax while watching over her.”

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