Japanese Garden’s upgrade brings smiles to residents


Durban North residents applauded eThekwini Municipality for continued commitment to upgrades to public spaces, especially the Japanese Gardens.

Resident, Allan Clark said that she was excited for the changes taking place at the gardens because she loves public spaces and that is where she mostly hangs out with family. “My family and I always come here for picnics, parties and just to chill. I also enjoying coming here for good pictures for my social platforms. I am excited about the upgrade.”

Another resident, Nomusa Bhengu said that every year, her company hosts closing parties at the gardens. “I have a feeling we will be using the gardens more often. There is so much to do, even baby showers. We love it her because there is always fresh air,” she said. The project started in June 2018 and might be completed in June this year. The key stakeholders involved in the project includes eThekwini Municipality’s Parks, Leisure and Cemeteries Department, eThekwini Municipality’s Architectural Department: Urban Design Branch, eThekwini Municipality’s Development Engineering, Department and Worksite Asphalt as the contractor.
Commenting on the upgrade, eThekwini Municipality’s spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela, explained: “The Japanese Gardens have played host to garden setting wedding ceremonies for a number of years, with patrons using an avenue of existing trees as a makeshift wedding aisle and on informal alter at the end. There was a need to formalise this popular venue by constructing a contemporary gazebo that suited a modern Japanese theme, complimented by the avenue of trees. EThekwini Municipality wanted to formalise the area for better functionality and to increase the use of the gardens.”


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