Greenspace is a voluntary non-profit NGO. Our main objective is to support the development and maintenance of urban open spaces in and around Windhoek.
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Greenspace’s vision is to establish, protect and manage an urban open space system for Windhoek, which links parks, recreation spaces, riverbeds, ridges, conservation areas and other potential urban open spaces. In line with this vision, Greenspace leases the Avis Dam and surrounds (almost 300 hectares) from the City of Windhoek. It manages the natural environment and human activities at the dam in accordance with a Management Plan that is approved by the City of Windhoek and Greenspace members.
The dam attracts about 3,000 people on a monthly basis, from all suburbs. During a user survey conducted in 2018, the main reasons why visitors choose Avis Dam above other options is the biodiversity and wilderness, the psychological wellbeing one gets out in nature; its proximity and affordability; its relative safety and it is clean and friendly. The Namibia University of Science and Technology, UNAM and local schools also use the Avis Dam area for environmental education and research.
Funds are raised largely through membership fees and donations from individuals, user groups and local businesses. Security fees are charged at the parking entrances as guards are employed to oversee the two car parking areas and to roam the lease area.
As all urban land is under constant threat of development, Greenspace aims to preserve the natural environment of Avis Dam and protect it from development.
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