NMBM opens newly developed park in Liberty Park for excited communityPublished: August 25, 2023
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Community members from Liberty Park in Kariega were overjoyed on Friday, 25 August 2023, when the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality officially handed over a newly developed park to be utilised by the community.
This comes after the Metro invested funding in the last financial year for the upgrading and development of nine open spaces across the Metro to address illegal dumping while also promoting healthy lifestyles in communities.
During the opening ceremony at Liberty Park, NMBM Public Health Mayoral Committee Member, Cllr Thsonono Buyeye was joined by Ward 48 Councillor, Franay van der Linde.
MMC Buyeye said the park development was part of the Metro’s cleaning and greening campaign which seeks to eradicate illegal dumping sites and promote healthy living environments in all NMBM communities.
"It gives us great pleasure that we can deliver on service delivery needs of communities. For years this spot was used as an illegal dumping site, the NMBM has now transformed it into a beautiful recreational space where children and elders can enjoy themselves in a safe and recreational space. The facility has been fenced off, the children will be safe when they come to play, there are pathways, benches, and newly planted trees as part of climate change mitigation strategies as well as to promote urban forestry,” he said.
Ward 48 Councillor, Van der Linde said the park would go a long way in instilling positive hobbies in the children from the area.
The development has also been widely welcomed by residents who said road accidents would also be minimised as children would be able to play freely in a secured park.
School principal from St Joseph’s Primary School in Kariega, HubreyZealand said: "We are grateful to have such a development in this community, it was really needed. Our only hope is that the community can guard against the facility jealously. This is for our children and we need to ensure that it stays in a good condition.”
NMBM has committed to keeping the park well maintained.
Issued by the Nelson Mandela Bay
Municipality Communications Office.