I have often driven past local sports grounds in search for "adventure" or on my way home. However, as of recently, I decided to put on my takkies, tie my hair in a bun and join in to see what all the hype is about. 

One park that I love has to be Rietondale Park Sports Grounds, situated in the Moot area, north of Pretoria Centre. It is usually packed to capacity with residents playing rugby, touch rugby, tennis, soccer, jogging, soft ball and so much more. 

Equipped with a wonderful travel companion and the leisure of a blissful hot sunny Sunday afternoon, I set out to the park. What immediately stood out to me were the many dogs at the park. While going for a walk, we must have easily come across no less that 40 dogs within our first 10 minutes. 

What is worth mentioning was that most dogs were unleashed. This therefore led to a host of entertainment; from a dog chasing and nearly bringing down a hadeda as it took off, to another dog almost getting struck by a cricket ball (the dog grabbed the ball and ran off with it). Some dogs confronted and barked at each other. However, it was mostly relaxed and peaceful.

There are couples, sports players, fans and athletes who come here habitually to train. As you walk around the park, you get to see the super fit and those individuals who are around for the social aspects. It is a fun place to come to and has so much going on. 

If you are looking for a place to come jog, walk your dog or engage in various sporting activities, then this is the one place you should consider visiting. 

Phindiwe Nkosi at Rietondale Park. Photo by SL.Phindiwe Nkosi at Rietondale Park. Photo by SL.

Phindiwe Nkosi at Rietondale Park in Moot, Pretoria. Photo by SL.Phindiwe Nkosi at Rietondale Park in Moot, Pretoria. Photo by SL.


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