There is good news for park lovers and children of Islamabad. City’s beloved Japanese Park has been renovated with all new swings and rides and overall improved condition which is indeed a great New Year’s gift for Islamabad from Japan.
“This park was a token of friendship gifted to Islamabad’s residents about three decades ago. Japanese engineers and technicians have reinstalled all the swings, monkey bars, slides and have added 32 new rides to the park,” Ambassador of Japan Hiroshi Inomata. “We hope that the park will serve its purpose for another 30 years to come,” he added.
Ambassador of Japan Hiroshi Inomata handed over a beautiful renovated play-land to Capital Development Authority (CDA) in the area of Japanese park adjacent to Islamabad Zoo terming it an amazing new year gift for Pakistani children from Japan. The ceremony was attended by Member CDA Mustafain Kazmi and other senior officials.
A large number of children from different schools of Islamabad also attended the ceremony and performed at the occasion wearing traditional Pakistani and Japanese dresses.
The Ambassador said that the children’s playland commonly known as “Japanese Park “ was renovated with a total cost of Rs. 70 million provided by the Japan government as gift for children. This is a part of the assistance from the Government of Japan to Pakistan in the form of Japan’s Non-Project Grant Aid aimed at contributing to the promotion of socio-economic development efforts in developing countries.
Japanese Park and Garden, located at foothills of Margallas next to Marghazar Zoo, used to be the most popular entertainment space for children that grew up in 90s. Recalling the history of the Japanese Park, the Ambassador said that in 1985 the Park served as a popular tourist and picnic spot, until about a decade ago. Since then, this beautiful park in the bed of Margalla Hills had been a favourite destination for the children and their families in Islamabad, he said.But due to lack of maintenance, the condition of swings and monkey bars deteriorated causing several accidents and injuries leading to fewer visitors.
But due to lack of maintenance, the condition of swings and monkey bars deteriorated causing several accidents and injuries leading to fewer visitors. After thirty years, the park of course needed renovation as the equipment too had become old.
Speaking at the occasion, the Ambassador Inomata said, “I am glade to see the Pakistani children use the play structures very carefully for a long time. I hope they will enjoy themselves with new ones very much, taking good care of them just as they did before.”
Member Environment CDA Mustafain Kazmi thanked Japanese government and people of Japan for their continuous commitment to socio-economic development in Pakistan. Later, the Ambassador of Japan was also briefed about the details of the Japanese Park in detail.
The Ambassador also visited various sites of the park and expressed his happiness over the completion of the play land with beautiful playing equipment. The Ambassador also assured that Japanese government would continue its support to Pakistan for such socio projects in future.
Photos by Japanese embassy in Islamabad.