Gqebera, also known as Walmer Township, sprang up on the periphery of a plush white town in the 1920's. It was only proclaimed in 1948 as a residential area to bring it under the control of the Bantu local authorities of the day. The peripheral areas remained the property of the white local council. Due to the influx of people as a result of urbanization the township started expanding and by 1984 the peripheral areas were inhabited. The government of the day responded by threatening the township dwellers with evacuation and ordered them not to build their houses with permanent materials. These resulted in many wood_and_iron dwellings been built. Since then, and as Port Elizabeth expanded, several unsuccessful efforts have been made to close down and remove the township. Because of the governments resistance to the expansion of the township, newcomers to the township started erecting dwellings in the backyards of existing households, (now classified as backyard settlements) leading to high densities and little or no open spaces. The government remained uncommitted to developing the township and by 1984, there were only 15 taps serving a population of about IS 000. By 1990 it was decided not to move the township, and the existing transport laws were relaxed to allow taxis into the township. The South African National Civil Organisation took over the responsibility of cutting up and allocating the erven as well as laying out the roads. The attraction of its central location resulted in a massive influx of people: so much so, that after 1992 the expansion into the peripheral areas got out of control. Being neglected over the troublesome years of its development, it today lacks many of the basic facilities and infra-structure associated with an environment where people live. It is the aim of this paper to investigate one of these issues: recreation and sport. By means of a questionnaire, a survey of existing facilities and interviews with community leaders the intensi6n is to establish the recreational and sporting facility needs of this community and suggest possible solutions. Initial investigations show that the growing realisation amongst community leaders that Gqebera has reached its capacity should be put across to the community and that de-densification should be investigated in order to create a more balanced environment.