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2017 | Renovations Phase 1

EST - 1966

2017 | Renovations Phase 1

EST - 1966

Enhancing The Bunny Park's Experience

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Documenting Progress: The Pioneering Revamp of Benoni Bunny Park

In our ongoing efforts to preserve the narrative of the Benoni Bunny Park, we look back at a significant epoch in the park’s storied existence. The first phase of an ambitious revamp reached its completion in June 2017—a time that promised rejuvenation and excitement for the future of this cherished community space.

The Completion of Initial Enhancements

As the winter months of 2017 unfolded, the park was a hive of activity, with the first phase of revitalization works drawing to a close. Themba Gadebe, the spokesperson for Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM), set the groundwork for the next stage of improvements. By the end of June, the efforts to breathe new life into the park’s infrastructure were well poised to step into a second phase, commencing on July 1

Shaping a Vision for Tomorrow

The park’s gates remained closed to the public during this transformational period, a necessary pause to facilitate the unfolding of changes both grand and minute. With a budget of around R8-million earmarked for phase two, the scope of work was set to include an array of enhancements. Upgrades were planned for the gazebos, with the addition of playful new equipment for children’s areas and the refurbishment of bunny shelters.

Additional developments detailed the construction of mini-bridges that would cradle the steps of future visitors, the establishment of a new pump house to nurture the park’s water systems, and protective fencing around the animal shelters. The park’s current aesthetics were also slated for refreshment, with new furniture dotting the landscape—each piece thoughtfully chosen to complement the park’s natural allure.

The Legacy of Phase One

The initial phase, with an estimated cost of R3.7-million, saw to the dredging of two of the park’s iconic dams. They were interconnected, ensuring the vitality of the water and preventing stagnation—a vital element for the eco-health of the park’s ecosystem. The material from the dams found a second life as a natural fertilizer, speaking to the park’s ethos of environmental stewardship.

A New Pasture for Park Residents

The care extended beyond inanimate objects and groundworks, with the animal residents of the park—cows, sheep, goats, birds, and a lone pig—relocated to foster homes, where they were to reside until it was fitting for them to return. This move echoed the importance the park places on the well-being of its animals, ensuring they were comfortable and cared for during the park’s blossoming transformation.

Anticipations and Considerations

The question of a potential third phase lingered in the thoughts of the community, leaving many to look to the EMM for answers, which were, at that moment, pending. What was certain was the commitment to allowing the vegetation ample time to establish before reintroducing the park’s menagerie, ensuring that upon their return, they would be greeted by an environment teeming with nourishment and care.

As we chronicle these pivotal moments in the park’s history, we are reminded of the delicate balance between change and continuity. The Benoni Bunny Park, through these phases of renovations, endeavored to remain a verdant sanctuary for all who pass through its gates.

For an in-depth look into the projects of the first phase and the plans for the second phase of renovations, please review the original article from the Benoni City Times, published on June 20, 2017: .

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