The much awaited state of the art recreational park is expected to be handed over to the public tomorrow (M0nday), following the completion of the lavish project months ago.
The children’s playground comprises of modern pastime equipment, such as see-saws and swings.
Even though the project will be handed over to the Old Naledi community, it will not be officially opened yet because of the on-going infrastructural developments in the area, which the Council administration would like to combine and unveil at the same time.
“The handover of the facility was halted some months ago as we felt the ornaments at the children’s play grounds were not firm enough and might pose a danger to the kids and the public visiting the place,” said Lebuile Israel, the deputy Gaborone City clerk, confirming the project would be handed over to the Old Naledi public without giving the exact date.
“Currently, there is massive tarred-road developments near completion in the area and we would like these milestone developments to be officially opened together,” Israel said.
While the recreational park is meant for kids, the place will also cater for adults performing ceremonies, such as weddings, although at a fee.
Old Naledi is known for breeding wayward kids commonly referred to as “Bo-Bashi”, and the massive development projects are meant to provide some caution and entertainment to the children to keep them busy.
The area councilor, Oabile Mafunga, is elated at least something is coming out of the recreational park.
“Even though we appreciate the development, this is not what the people of Old Naledi want,” said Mafunga. “We are the sports people and the administration could have consulted us first before embarking on the project. Such a facility is for the people of Phakalane, the rich persons.”
The Old Naledi Recreational Park is estimated to cost P2.5m. It is expected to curtail the number of “Bo Bashi” and teach them responsible life away from roaming the streets in their childhood.