Johannesburg City Parks set a world record in 2007 by creating the first park developed in just 24 hours.
Now the award-winning XtremePark Makeover is an annual event, held to mark World Environment Week. The idea, based on the well-known television series, Extreme Makeover Home, is to turn a once derelict piece of land into a luscious green park complete with fountains, play equipment, and recreational facilities.
The concept behind the project is to create hype and excitement about developing green open spaces in the city; to address the huge backlog in developing facilities in communities in an innovative way.
In doing so, City Parks hopes to attract corporate support and global attention towards city parks and open up opportunities for funding and sponsorship.