Zoo Park playground dangerous for children

13 Sep 2017 11:10am
By Linea Dishena
WINDHOEK, 13 SEP (NAMPA) - The broken recreational equipment at the Zoo Park playground in the capital’s central business district has become a safety risk for children.
The playground, which was once a haven where children played happily and safely, is now in a distraught state as most of the recreational equipment are broken and abandoned in disrepair for a few years now.
Several of the swings at the playground are broken with sharp ends exposed, posing a serious chance for injury to the many children who still use the premises. The merry-go-round is stuck and next to the rocking horse lie exposed electricity cables on which children can easily trip and fall.
In an interview with Nampa recently, City of Windhoek (CoW) Public Relations Officer, Lydia Amutenya said City officials are aware of the poor state of the Zoo Park playground and have budgeted N.dollars 300 000 to revamp the entire park, including the playground equipment, irrigation system and the connection of semi-purified water.
She said rehabilitation of the park started at the beginning of September this year.
Zoo Park, which has been a focal place for social life in the city, has also lost much of its attractive botanical features as a result of the restrictions on water usage brought about to mitigate the impact of the devastating droughts of recent years.
Amutenya explained that the CoW could not maintain the lawn during last year’s drought season, as there was a restriction on watering gardens.
“We enacted a directive for the public not to water their gardens, so we could not break our own order and keep irrigating the Zoo Park lawn, as the country was hit by a serious drought,” said Amutenya.
She said the parks division is currently working with the bulk water supply division to connect semi-purified water pipes from the Goreangab Water Reclamation plant to the park.
“The semi purified water will help to maintain the park even during drought seasons,” she explained.