Profile: Orlando West Regional Park

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profile_orlando-west-regional-parkThe theme of the park is birds and butterflies, and there are handcrafted figures of the two species erected on poles.

The park is planted with endemic succulent trees, as well as 300 olive trees. Adding to the outdoors theme, the park is furnished with an assortment of sport and recreation amenities. There are swings, a netball and basketball court, a professional-sized football pitch and a 1km jogging track.

There is a large dedicated playground, catering for the physically handicapped, at which includes a walking ramp and a wheelchair-friendly maze. A big Township TV screen was installed just before the soccer World Cup in 2010, and the television is still used to broadcast sports matches and other programmes. Flowerbeds add colour and a dedicated braai area means families and friends can have a full day outside while watching sport on the sprawling lawn.

The park has a permanent irrigation system and is fully fenced, with 24-hour security. Construction of the park began in December 2008 and was completed in July 2009 at a cost of R16-million.

Venue: Orlando West Regional Park, Armitage St and Klipspruitvalley Rd, Orlando West, Soweto
Time: Sunrise to Sunset
Cost: Free

Tel: 011 712 6664
Website: www.jhbcityparks.com
Facebook: JoburgParks
Twitter: @JoburgParksZoo

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