Jamboree Park, previously known as Jamboree field as it has been used for large Scouts gatherings called Jamboree, was inaugurated on Saturday in Chittagong city.
Over the years, some local influential people had grabbed parts of the Public Works Department land for growing vegetables while others constructed makeshift shops on another part. It was also a mosquito breeding spot.
But everything changed within a few years. At present from nearby high rise buildings the park looks like a man dancing raising two hands. The attractive design and illumination of the newly built park catch city dwellers’ eyes.
The park authorities opened it for all last week before the inauguration programme. Hundreds of people throng the beautiful park every day after 4:00pm.
On Saturday afternoon, housing and public works minister Mosharraf Hossain formally inaugurated the park.
At a time 5,000 people can use the park without felling being in a crowd. The entry is free.
PWD implemented the park project at a cost of Tk 18 crore when the estimated cost was Tk 20 crore.
The park is on 8.55 acres of land. In February, 2016, PWD took up the project to free the land and build a park. The construction work started in May of the year.
There are four beautiful structures at four corners of the park — two toilet blocks, one PWD office and one power substation.
There are 50,000 square feet water-body, 8,000 feet walkway and compound road, internal master drain. There is walkway also beside the 2.5 feet long boundary wall.
It also features three galleries at the corner of the water-body, two beautiful fountains and 500 lights in the park area. The park has six entrances.
The authorities have raised the height of the park by three feet to save it from water stagnation from rain and tidal water. There are two pump houses and closed circuit television cameras to ensure security of the park.
Nearly 10,000 saplings of 65 species like Sonalu, Nagesshor, Chapa, Bokul, Shiuli, Togor, Jarul have planted in the field of the park. Several bins have also been placed across the park to keep it clean.
People from not only the nearby areas such as Agrabad, Bank Colony, CGS Colony, CDA residential area, TNT Colony, Bohutola Colony but also from Bohoddarhat, Chawkbazar, Nasirabad are coming to visit this park. On Friday the crowd grows bigger.
Senior citizens Shafiq Chowdhury and his wife Mita Chowdhury were seen sitting at one corner of the park area.
Talking to New Age, they appreciated the initiative and said the grimy place had really turned into an amazing park.
Rahmat Muslamin, a banker, came with his family from the city’s Love Lane area. They were taking selfies in front of the park fountains.
He said, ‘At weekends we want to go to somewhere but in Chittagong the number of park is very few. We go to restaurant but we want to breathe in fresh air. Now we’ve got a space to breathe.’
The most challenging part of a development work was to maintain it for long, he added.
PWD executive engineer Ahmed Abdullah Noor said that the aim of the project was setting up long and wide jogging track for physical exercise, open space for public, setting up water body for fresh air.
The park will remain open for all from 5:00am to 9:00pm every day.
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