Why are open or green spaces important in an urban environment? Open spaces or green spaces provide many advantages to city dwellers, like: formal and informal sport and recreation, preservation of natural environments, etc. Recently, one such green space was inaugurated for people of Ghaziabad. The first phase of the ‘city park’ was formally opened to public by the Ghaziabad Development Authority.
- This city forest is located on the banks of the Hindon.
- It will soon have walking trails, cycle tracks, camel safaris, horse-riding facility and guided tours for visitors.
- To mark the opening of the first phase of the project, which is spread across 30 acres, GDA has organized a two-day cultural programme and is offering the public an opportunity to try all rides free of charge.
- “The cycle trails will be about 10 feet wide. The pathway for hikers will be narrower. Trees like neem, bamboo, amla, jamun, arjun have been planted along the routes. This gives the whole place the look of a natural forest,” said GDA Chairman Santosh Yadav.
- The park will also have two water bodies – a five acre and a three-acre lake, which will have boating facilities for visitors. The three-acre lake is a natural wetland, whereas tube wells have been set up for the five acre lake to augment water supply to it. GDA Chairman Santosh Yadav said that the lakes are expected to attract migratory birds in the coming winters.
- A deer park, spread across five acres has also been proposed. The authority will also develop a bamboo park and has sought technical advice from the Delhi’s Chief Conservator of Forests and Forest Research Institute of Dehradun for the same.