Kingston Frost Park gets a prune

Residents of Auckland Park and Brixton paint over rude graffiti.

Brixton and Auckland Park community members got together to spruce up Kingston Frost Park.

Sophia Weltz, chairperson of the Brixton Community Forum explained that every second Saturday of the month the two communities gather at the park not only to clean it up but to build relationships too.

She said the park was a place where the two communities intersected, adding that the city had provided the community with amazing five-a-side soccer courts and revamped the children’s playground.

Community members from Brixton and Auckland Park along with ADT and the Johannesburg Police mounted unit come together to clean up Kingston Frost Park.

To join in on the fun, Children of Fire, Auckland Park Residents’ Association and Johannesburg mounted police were invited to get their hands dirty.

Unit commander, Captain Gary Botha, said he was happy to have been approached by the community to join the clean up.

“Our main focus was to make the youngsters from Children of Fire happy. It was fantastic to see them interact with the horses as for most [of them] it was their first time touching a horse.”

Sergeant Ndivhuwo Nedzata with his horse Prince and Constable Sthembile Khoza with her horse Boris give children a ride around the park.

On the day some weeding and dirt collection was done.

“Brixton is one of the most diverse places and that is why we love living here,” said Weltz.

She added that the day was a great way to spend time together and to understand each other better after doing something together.

Members of ADT with some residents from Children of Fire and children from the Auckland Park and Brixton area enjoy the morning together.

Residents also cleaned out a clubhouse they plan to use for more children activities and they also painted over rude graffiti that had made it’s way onto an alley wall.

Paint materials line the alley way in Brixton.

Weltz shared that the initiative was also a good way to work with the police force as, at times, they may seem intimidating. It was a good way for the community to form a relationship.

Bianca De Jager, Emmarencia Cloete and Justin Schlyer get their faces painted at the Kingston Frost Park clean-up.

Botha explained that the community had requested that there be more mounted police patrols in the area.

“For this to happen it is very important that the stations in the area must send a request to the provincial commissioner as we are told by him where to go.”

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