Speaking at the first Gulf Landscape Architecture and Design Awards Conference yesterday, Engineer Rashad Bukhash, the Director of the General Projects Department of the Dubai Municipality, said that the projects would include development of the existing six public parks, setting up of 21 neighbourhood parks, 23 community facilities, four ponds parks and several other beautification projects.
He said the upcoming projects would add a total of 113 hectares of greenery to the urban landscape and would include several beautification projects for different areas in the city in line with the Strategic Plan for Dubai Municipality (2007-2011).
“The strategic plan seeks to increase the per capita share of greenery to 23.4 square metres and raise the total area of cultivated land to 3.15 per cent of the total urban land by 2011,” said Bukhash.
He added that the expansion of public parks would cover all the six existing parks. These include Jumeirah Beach Park which was originally built in 1990 with a total area of 52 hectares at a cost of Dh31 million, Mushrif Park (1992, 525 hectares, Dh66m), Creek Park (1994, 96 hectares, Dh172m), Safa Park (1975, 64 hectares, Dh56m), Mamzar Park (1996, 90 hectares, Dh56m) and Zabeel Park (2005, 52 hectares, Dh180m).
The new neighbourhood parks, which would include facilities such as jogging track, play-grounds for a variety of games, water features, walkways, shaded sitting areas, include Safouh Park (cost Dh12m, area: 2.1 hectares), Mirdif 3 Park (Dh10m, 2.3 hectares), Mizhar 2 Park (Dh10m, 1.7 hectares), Nad Al Sheba Park (Dh8m, 9537 square metres), Al Barsha Pond Park (Dh2.7m, 6.7 hectares) and Qusais Pond Park (Dh5.5m, 4.7 hectares).Bukhash added that the new community facilities, which would include sports courts for football, tennis, basketball and volleyball apart from soft landscape, walkways, shaded sitting areas and children’s play areas are coming up in Al Ghusais 3 (Dh1.2m project), Nad Al Hamr (Dh2.3m) and Abu Hail (Dh1m).
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