Birdwatchers may want to bring along their binoculars as the park was once a bird sanctuary and is still home to a wide variety of birdlife. In 1946 the park was named after historian, scientist and former Johannesburg mayor James Gray and his wife Ethel, and over the years it has been extensively landscaped to cater to the many families who use the area with swings and children’s play areas.
At the bottom of the park, via a separate entrance, you can also find the Acrobranch adventure course. Listen out for the sound of adults, teenagers and young kids having fun as they try out the various obstacle courses. Challenges include four different ziplines, including the 200-metre long ‘Big Zip’, monkey bridges, elevated tunnels and tarzan swings.
Melrose St Ext, James and Ethel Gray Park, Melrose
Hidden in the forest at James and Ethel Gray Park in Melrose is the aerial wonderland of Acrobranch. The first Acrobranch park established in South Africa, there are now several other Acrobranch obstacle courses across the country, including in Pretoria,
Cnr Rd 3 and Craighall Rd, Victory Park