In an effort to reclaim a Johannesburg nature reserve as a safe park, home owners, schools, nonprofit organisations and businesses in the area are collaborating with Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo to upgrade and restore The Wilds and its surrounding areas.
They are in the process of setting up a City Improvement District (CID), which will manage, upgrade and maintain the precinct, and find ways in which to improve security in the area so that people will feel safe enough to visit the park once more.
The Wilds is a nature reserve set against the rocky hills, linking Johannesburg’s CBD and inner city areas to the leafier suburbs of Houghton and Killarney positioned to the north of the ridge.
Its meandering paths and indigenous gardens should provide a natural respite to city dwellers; yet it remains largely unused, as its reputation as a dangerous park persists and people continue to fear going there.
The CID will become operational on October 1, preceded by a blitz operation.