Living in such a green city as JHB, one would think that we have a lot of parks and green spaces - we do not. So this indeed is a great place to go with your dogs (and your pooper-scooper please), and if so inclined, the blanket, a drink and some food with family or friends. So, I really do recommend it to people who want to meet up in a green space on weekend.
What it is not is anything like the parks and space of the USA which are meticulously looked after and are treasured by their inhabitants. Our gardens are not well cared for at all except always mowed - the planting areas are not manicured, nor are can this really be called a botanical garden - there is too much missing and too many indigenous plants that just don't figure. It appears that our government does not see these spaces as treasures for next generations, and this is sad.
There is very interesting background to the water-ways which form part of this area, and yet you cannot find this information easily. It forms part of a large natural recycling area which removes toxins from the water that moves throughout JHB. We should encourage people to understand this and contribute - unfortunately, the water in the dam element is still quite polluted with a tremendous amount of litter and detritus.
The formal area which contains small dams/ fountains is also just kept clean as opposed to 20 plus years ago when I got to JHB and it was a marvel - all the fountains and water-ways worked, and they were always clean. Currently, a lot of arrears-maintenance is overtly missing and therefore not a sparkling show to behold...
There is a small restaurant on the grounds. I have tried twice now and enjoyed neither experience.
On occasion, flower and orchard shows are organised and this can add value for a weekend outing.
Parking and access is easy and the area is connected from Sandton, Randburg and Johannesburg with main roads.
One last comment - no real efforts are put into encouraging abundant bird-life. This would be an amazing venue to encourage owls, indigenous parrots and sun-birds. We also have a huge overpopulation of Egyptian geese (which are pretty and entertaining but crowd out indigenous species)
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