Residents of Reservoir Mews in East London can now enjoy their new astro turf facility after it was officially opened last Thursday.
Own Haven Housing Association managing director Andrew Wiseman said the aim of building the astro turf was to create a space where youngsters could be active and entertained.
“We saw something similar in Cape Town and thought to introduce it here.
“It is a functional space where we hope to create a league with the other Own Haven developments,” Wiseman said.
He also said their developments were about converting houses into homes, to create something unique.
After the enclosed astro turf was opened, soccer teams were formed to play against each other from the various developments under Own Haven.
Nkcubeko Rabaza, 16, was excited about the new turf.
“We would often play at Jan Smuts Stadium or play at the netball court here at the complex when it is available but now we can play here and practise.
“I am looking forward to the competitions that we will have here in the future,” Rabaza said.
Strict access control will be enforced in order to prevent noise complaints.
The complex already boasts beautiful lawns, a netball court and picnic areas to create a homely atmosphere.
According to Own Haven management, the cost of the turf was R650,000, with Beka installing electricity and JEB Power fitting the lights.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: Reservoir Mews (yellow) and Haven Hills play a friendly match at the opening of the new astro turf Picture: AMANDA NANO