"Skateboarding at Brightwater Commons" Top 5 Page for this destination Johannesburg Sports & Outdoors Tip by CatherineReichardt
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There are times when you're travelling that you need to provide your child (grownup or otherwise) with an opportunity to let off steam whilst you recharge your batteries for a couple of hours. If this sounds like you - or if you are a skateboarding enthusiast (for which I wouldn't begin to know the technical name) - then Boogaloo's skateboard park at the Brightwater Commons complex in Randburg might well be the place for you.
This is the only skateboard venue that I know about in Johannesburg, and one that I am eyeing with increasing interest as my small son's fixation with the skateboard he got for his birthday continues unabated. I have no idea what the discerning consumer looks for in a skateboard park, but to the uninitiated parent, it appears well constructed, clean and actively managed, with good access control, and the kids there seem to be having a whale of a time.
For the supervising parent, the Brightwater Complex offers a range of diversions. It's a complex that has struggled to really establish its identity and isn't really sure whether it wants to be a shopping mall or an entertainment complex, but within an easy stroll of the skateboard park, you can take your pick of a dozen or so restaurants (from standard pizza and steakhouse options to more interesting Mediterranean fare). Alternatively, you could take yourself off to the Nu Metro movie complex (which has half a dozen cinemas) or just laze around on the lawns or idly watch the fish in the landscaped 'river' that cuts through the Commons. Or go shopping: there is a medium sized Woolworths and a large Pick'n'Pay supermarket as well as a range of chain store outlets and a small (and to my mind, rather uninspiring) craft market.
At the time of writing (May 2011), Boogaloo's operating hours were as follows:
Mondays-Fridays: 9am - 6pm
Saturdays: 8am - 6pm
Sundays / Holidays: 9am - 3pm
At the time of wiring (June 2011), the cost of admission was R30. A helmet is compulsory (and can be hired for R20), and skateboards can also be hired for R50.
Website: http://011 787 4568
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