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UP students revamp Hartfield community park

The students did the project as part of their 40 field hours for the community-based project module (JCP). The objectives of the module include that the community project must impact on an identified section of society.

 

University of Pretoria engineering students have put their skills to the test by revamping the Hartfield community park.

This month the UP’s department of facilities management, with the help of students, completed the community-based project to restore the community park in Hartfield.

The park was previously owned by the Tshwane metro but fell into the university’s lap after purchasing the piece of land last year.

Community engagement research and postgraduate studies (Mamelodi campus) Dr Martina Jordaan said the project was aimed at creating interactive, fun and a safe space for children and the public.

UP engineering students installing gym equipment in the park. Photo: Supplied

“The students did the project as part of their 40 field hours for the community-based project module (JCP). The objectives of the module include that the community project must impact on an identified section of society,” said Jordaan.

“Through the module, students also have to develop various life skills, which include communication skills and leadership skills.

“The students focus on pre-schools, primary schools, secondary schools and non-profit organisations, which also includes animal shelters,” she said.

“Other projects include the development of websites and creation of mobile applications (apps), upgrading libraries and reading corners, building jungle gyms and assisting with various tasks at local museums.

Playground equipment installed in the park.
UP engineering students who helped revamp Hartfield community park. Photo: Supplied

Jordaan said to ensure the projects adhered to safety standards they were supervised by a qualified mechanical engineer from Zutari, Pauli Ssali.

Ssali said the project entailed the adding of gym equipment, playground equipment for kids, a safe landing sandbox, re-designing the sensory walkway and adding park décor.

“I think the park does more than just add value to the surrounding community, it also builds a sense of responsibility in the students involved and allows them to gain real-life experience in project planning, design and execution.

“I hope the university will continue to make more of these opportunities available.”

Ssali also urged other alumni to take part in the community projects and assist students with training.

“I look back at some of the things I wish I knew and wish I could have engaged with more at university level and I look forward to the kind of skills we need and it reinforces my belief in the need for mentorship and coaching for our younger generation,” Ssali said.

“If we are going to help students prepare for the brave new future that’s coming, we need to be more hands-on and nurture the right skills required to guarantee their success and expedite our economic growth, now more than ever.”

UP engineering students put their skills to the test by revamping Hartfield community park. Photo: Supplied
UP engineering students put their skills to test by revamping Hartfield community park. Photo: Supplied

 

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