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City’s park manager ensures inclusivity of Khayelitsha Wetlands Park<span><br><figure class="figure-credits right"><img src="" alt="placeholder" class="responsive" style="width:431px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <div>The City of Cape Town’s Khayelitsha Wetlands Park has become one of the city’s most vibrant and beautiful public spaces.</div><div><br></div><div>‘The park is a space for residents to meet, interact and develop a sense of community. Part of the success of the park can be attributed to Shepherd Mdoda, who has been the facility manager since May 2010,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Anda Ntsodo.</div><div><br></div><div>Mr Mdoda said the goal of the park was two-fold: ‘We want to create a landmark urban park of significance within a unique natural wetland setting. Secondly, we want to provide all the residents of Khayelitsha and visitors with access to recreational facilities, environmental awareness as well as environmental economic opportunities’.​</div>​​<br></span><span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img src="" alt="placeholder" class="responsive" style="width:431px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p></p></span><div>He is justifiably proud of the impression that the park is making in the community, although the transformation has taken some time.</div><div><br></div><div>‘The change in the park has been tremendous, starting from greening the facility by planting grass and trees, to installing play furniture, to having a fynbos garden, amphitheatre, braai facilities, kick-about pitch and netball court.</div><div><br></div><div>‘We have provided recreational activities for children, youths and adults. We have constructed a jogging track and provided outdoor gym facilities to encourage communities to exercise. We hold various workshops on environmental education, water care and food gardening.</div><div>​<br><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img src="" alt="placeholder" class="responsive" style="width:683px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span></div><div>‘I enjoy the change and awareness we bring to the community about the importance of wetlands and the environment. The facilities we have installed have a positive impact on the youth as they now get involved in soccer, netball, running, workshops and canoeing,’ Mr Mdoda said with pride. </div><div><br></div><div>Councilor Ntsodo commended Mr Mdoda.</div><div><br></div><div>‘I know from experience what it is like when a community is engaged and sees a park develop before its eyes. It gives that community a focus and provides a highlight for weekends or sunny afternoons. Our park managers are key to the success of parks and this park is a testimony to Mr Mdoda’s determination and creativity over many years,’ said Councillor Ntsodo.</div><div><br></div><div>Upcoming events at the park include a concert on Thursday 15 December 2016 and a Come-and-Play event on Wednesday 28 December 2016.</div><div><br></div><div>For more information about the Khayelitsha Wetlands Park, residents should please call 021 444 9376.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong></div><div><br></div><span><br></span>2016-11-16T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#599a1a1e-bc1c-4708-93a9-759954e2bb65;L0|#0599a1a1e-bc1c-4708-93a9-759954e2bb65|Khayalitsha Wetlands Park;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#2187397b-e8cb-45ac-a5c8-24548cf2b6e9;L0|#02187397b-e8cb-45ac-a5c8-24548cf2b6e9|Recreational facilities1


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