The Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, in line with the provisions of the 100 day quick win projects, has acquired land for the development of a multi-purpose recreational park at Nemanwa growth point.
Deputy provincial director in the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Recreation, June Mbizvo said the project was being undertaken in partnership with Masvingo Rural District Council (RDC), adding that the project was informed by the cumulative benefits that such initiatives could accrue to the host community and the State.
“The main purpose of the project is to meet community needs by providing an interconnected system of parks, recreational facilities and natural areas that support environmental stewardship, diverse recreational opportunities and economic development.
“Nemanwa Recreational Park is a place earmarked for people to pass their free time and to enjoy the natural beauty,” said Mbizvo.
He said it was an informal park where a variety of recreational activities such as parties, weddings, church meetings, workshops, sport and recreational tournaments will be held.
Mbizvo also said the scope of work on the first phase of the park - which is expected to be complete by the end of the year - included bush clearance, fencing, setting up picnic benches and tables, landscaping as well as park greening.
He said in 2019, work on the Nemanwa Multi-Purpose Recreational Park will cover the construction of an outdoor play centre and an outdoor open-air arena, the installation of water, electricity and sewer systems as well the construction of a multi-purpose recreational hall.
“With the availability of resources and community support, we intend to go a step further and construct sports facilities such as a football field, netball courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts and handball courts on the western side of the park. We expect the many visitors who come to tour our national monuments at Great Zimbabwe to also make use of the park,” said Mbizvo.