I’m a lover of green spaces and community activities, it brings a neighbourhood, a city together, a way of meeting people. It gets people out from behind their high walls. Parkview just ticks all these boxes.
Zoo Lake, one of the many green spaces in Johannesburg, is situated in Parkview. Once a month ‘Artists Under The Sun’ is held here, as is the annual Jazz festival. However, it’s just such a great place to picnic or to just take a walk. Over weekends it gets rather busy so I prefer to visit mid week. I’m yet to be tempted to take a rowing boat out onto the lake – these you can rent with life jackets at about R10 per person and R7.50 per child per hour (please check costs as these can change).
If you haven’t packed a picnic then Moyo, an African themed restaurant, is right there with a stunning deck overlooking the lake and gardens. I normally stop for a drink or a light lunch but they do have quite an extensive menu and are open in the evenings.
The Zoo Lake Public Swimming pool is also a favourite during the summer months and is well used. It was built in the 1930’s and still maintains all of its original features. I found the shape unusual in that it is a square of 30 mts by 30 mts. There are very friendly lifeguards in attendance and the entrance fee will definitely not break the bank.
There is so much more to Parkview, such as the quaint shops along Tyronne Street – and do keep a lookout for events on at Alliance Francaise, maybe even attend one of their language courses, like zulu or french. (www.alliance.org.za/johannesburg)