A MULTIMILLION rand recreational hub in the heart of Schauderville is something the residents could only dream of previously.
Now, the Neave Street Multi-purpose and Recreational Park, which is a project of the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), is a reality which is taking shape in Neave Street.
Residents will have free access to the facilities, which will include an outdoor amphitheatre, five-a-side soccer field, an outdoor gym, a picnic area, jungle gym and climbing wall for the children.
This project, which has been planned since 2014, but has been on the backburner due to factors such as the lack of funding and changes in the design.
Various meetings were held with residents, who had the final say in what they wanted in the three-level building.
Hailing from Schauderville himself, the project resonates with Ward 10 councillor Andy Jordan.
“Growing up in Schauder, I never imagined that a park like this could exist in this area.
“This is huge for Schauderville and the feedback from the community has been very positive.
“Residents are very excited about this. It’s been an emotional time and I know this is going to be one of the most beautiful parks in the metro.”
The budget for the project is R8 million and forms part of the MBDA’S broader Schauderville/Korsten upgrade master plan for areas such as Highfield Road and Durban Road.
He added that he was confident that the park would be well looked after. “The community has already taken ownership of the park, making it clear that they will not tolerate any bad elements who attempt to vandalise the facilities.”
“One of the elderly residents told me that she is so glad that they no longer have to go to areas such as Summerstrand to enjoy facilities such as these.
“I said to her that Summerstrand doesn’t even has this!” an excited Jordan said.
“With this project and the upgrading project of the David Livingstone High School across the road, it’s going to uplift the area.”
Jordan believes that the Neave Street Recreational Park will be the ideal place for children to play, teenagers to study and families to relax together.
“This park will belong to the community. It is theirs and it will be for their children and their grandchildren. People no longer have to worry about their children being in the street. You will know where your children are.”
According to Jordan, the building is expected to be complete before December this year.
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