Dorothy Nyembe Park, named after the prominent 1950s ANC activist, is in Soweto. The picturesque 26-hectare park was completely renovated in 2003 and sports a brand-new look with many additional amenities. Upgrades include newly installed lighting, a perimeter fence and spruced-up grounds.
The sparkling dams are fed by a natural wetland running through the park and attract a variety of bird species. These can be spotted from the bird hide. Added amenities such as braai facilities and a children’s play area makes this truly a people’s park.
It has new sporting facilities, including netball courts, a soccer field, a volleyball court and a basketball court. Areas have also been set aside for residents to play chess and morabaraba, a traditional African board game.
Walking trails, an environmental centre and an amphitheatre for concerts and other local productions contribute to the park’s popularity. Unusual sculptures and signage add to its unique character.
In 2007 the Dorothy Nyembe Environmental Education Centre, the first of its kind in a township in South Africa, scooped first prize in the natural built project category taking gold at the United Nations Liveable Communities Awards.
Getting there: Off Roodeport Road onto Main Road directly into park for parking.