Michael Fana Mlangeni established  How Long Park in Umlazi ‘U’ section in 1976  because there were  no parks in the area.

Mlangeni began by rehabilitating the Isipingo River banks (which flows through the  park) through planting beautiful flower gardens. This made it attractive for the community to use for  various functions.

"I started this place back in 1976 after I saw the beautiful parks in white areas and I asked myself how come there were no parks in black communities. I have dedicated my life to this place," Mlangeni said.

The name How Long Park got Mlangeni into trouble with the apartheid special branch police and he was  arrested several times.

The City of eThekwini hosted Miss How Long Park in 2013, as part of getting  people together, to recognise  the wonderful park they have and encourage them to preserve it as a  natural resource.