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The Flintstone-inspired Toilets at Bunny Park

EST - 1966

The Flintstone-inspired Toilets at Bunny Park

EST - 1966

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Stepping into Stone Age Splendor: A Yabba-Dabba-Doo Design in Bunny Park

In an enchanted corner of Rynfield, where laughter and play knew no bounds, there once stood an architectural curiosity that spirited visitors away to the Stone Age. The Flintstone-inspired toilet blocks at Bunny Park were more than mere facilities; they were monuments of mirth, cascading with the charm of a beloved comic strip. Their natural rock façades, hearty and rugged, were a delightful nod to the bedrock abodes of a certain modern Stone Age family, and a playful addition to the park’s myriad attractions.

A Stone Age Throwback in Rynfield

In a twist of architectural whimsy, the Bunny Park in Rynfield was once home to a pair of toilet blocks that caught the eyes and imaginations of visitors. Inspired by the jovial aesthetic of the legendary Flintstones, these facilities were a playful ode to the era of Bedrock. Constructed using natural local rocks, the design reflected the rustic, prehistoric charm depicted in the famous comic strips. Intriguingly designed and impeccably built, these toilet blocks were meant for more than just utility; they represented the limitless creativity that the Bunny Park embodied.

Crafting Comfort with Creativity

The two toilet blocks were imagined and realized by Mr. L.J. van Riet, the senior Architectural Assistant of the Town Engineer’s Department, who channeled the essence of the Flintstone abode into the heart of Benoni. The rocks used in building these comfort stations came from the old railway cutting between Rynfield and Morehill Ext 2, thus utilizing resources that were as local as they were evocative of the cavemen-inspired comic series.

A Pebble in Benoni's History

For many years, these lavatories served as a peculiar highlight of the park—a quirky element in a place dedicated to joy and simplicity. Visitors would often pause to snap a photo or laugh at the unusual sight before or after visiting the avian melodies of the aviary and the park’s numerous furry occupants.

The End of an Era

In the march towards modernity, 2018 marked the close of a chapter as the Flintstone-inspired toilet blocks were dismantled to make way for upgrade initiatives within the park. While their demolition was a necessary step in the park’s evolution, the nostalgia remains for those who recall their cartoonish charm.

Eternal in Our Hearts

The story of the Flintstone toilet blocks plays a pivotal role in the Park’s storied history, serving as a testament to the unique and creative spirit that has long defined the area’s community character. Today, though they stand no more, the spirit of these structures continues to resonate within the laughter and stories shared by old-time visitors and enthusiasts of local lore.

While the blocks themselves are gone and since replaced, the Bunny Park thrives, eagerly continuing its tradition of bringing smiles to the faces of families and framing childhood memories against the backdrop of a wistful Stone Age fantasy.

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