Joburg City Parks scoops 1st Place Gold Award in Abu Dhabi

On the heels of being presented with the 2012 National Arbor City Award, Johannesburg City Parks scooped the prestigious 1st Place Gold Award and two additional Gold Awards at the UNEP-endorsed Liveable Communities Awards in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE on Monday, 26 November 2012.

Johannesburg City Parks received special mention from lead judge Gus Stahlmann (USA) for its ‘Community of Parks’ projects, stating: “Johannesburg Parks represents a strong city-wide commitment to improving quality of life via parks which address wide-ranging needs.”

The three entries submitted to the Liveable Communities Awards for 2012, included the rollout of the ‘Pimville and Claremont Xtreme-Parks’ developed in under 24-hours, the ‘Dhlamini Eco-Park’ that embraces the ecosystem along the Klipriver and the “Community of Parks’ project that interrogates the heritage, arts, culture, biodiversity, functional requirements and recreational needs of communities benefiting from the Orlando West, Pennyville, Clove, Zakkariyya and Vlakfontein Parks.

The Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Clr Chris Vondo was unable to attend, however he reinforced that these platforms are crucial in exchanging best practice and sharing practical experiences to resolve environmental challenges. Adding that, “the Johannesburg City Parks team must be commended for modernising and driving the revival of outdoor recreation in the City of Joburg to benefit its residents.”

Founder and Chief Executive of LivCom, Alan Smith said: There is strong evidence that it is local government and local communities where despite the world’s economic problems- solutions are being found to improve living standards from healthy lifestyles to enhancement of the landscape – a major benchmark of the awards. These awards are a unique way of recognising the outstanding efforts being made by individuals committed to finding innovative answers to their communities’ problems. A total of 60 towns and cities submitted entries, including cities in the USA, UK, Malaysia, Russia, Canada, China and Portugal. 66 Sustainable Projects and 26 Bursary Award applications reached the finals after an initial round of judging.”


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