A Walk In The Park

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A Walk In The Park

One of the best things about living in Joburg is the number of beautiful parks there are in the city and here at Melrose Arch, we are fortunate to have the James and Ethel Gray Park directly across the road. The park, which is popular with families and dog walkers, boasts gorgeous views over the city and locals who live near the park say it has the best sunrise view in Johannesburg.

About 18 months ago, Melrose Arch, which is owned by the Amdec Group, began getting involved with the park and the James and Ethel Gray Park was adopted as one of the company’s CSI initiatives. The James and Ethel Gray Park Foundation was formed, with Melrose Arch, the Melrose North Residents and Ratepayers Association and Birdhaven Ratepayers Association as members.

Melrose Arch, together with one of its key suppliers, Bidvest, who also adopted the James and Ethel Gray Park as one of its CSI projects, cleans up the park and ensures it remains litter-free, assists with landscaping and provides security to ensure the safety of park users. A security officer with a motorcycle has been stationed in the park since September last year, courtesy of Melrose Arch.

Two months ago, a JAEG Park Volunteer Group was formed, with 175 volunteers getting together on a regular basis to work in the park. Since then, the group has trimmed trees, repaired broken walkways, provided a team of helpers with uniforms, erected signage in the park, and got together every Saturday morning to pick up litter and paint benches and other park furniture.

Several companies also came on board as sponsors, and thanks go to:

  • Bird Coffee for providing free coffee to those assisting in the park every Saturday morning
  • The Pool Team for supplying uniforms for the park helpers
  • CAP Security for providing the team of helpers
  • Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo and the JAEG Park Foundation for providing a K9 patrol during the day
  • Melrose Arch and the Norwood CPF for providing tactical support and assisting with clean-up operations along the perimeter of the park,
  • A number of residents who gave cash donations.

If you would like to become a volunteer or find out more about the work being done at the James and Ethel Gray Park, visit https://jamesandethelgrayparkfoundation.org/.

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