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almost every neighborhood in Bangalore has an established park

Park culture is becoming popular around the world. Development of parks is an important aspect of urbanization. An example of a city which is developing park culture is Bangalore, India. Although it is in its nascent stage, almost every neighborhood in Bangalore has an established park where people from the specific neighborhoods can enjoy a leisurely walk on a daily basis.

Bangalore is trying to regain its status as the “Garden City of India” by constructing more parks around the city. It is not only the construction of new parks that makes Bangalore a garden city, but retaining the old monumental gardens and parks such as Cubbun Park and LalBagh Botanical Gardens built during the British rule of India, gives the city a historical touch.

The Sankey Tank Park is a good example of a park constructed during the British rule in 1882 by Col. Richard Hieram Sankey who constructed an artificial lake around the park. An article from The Bangalore Tourism Authority states that;

“The Sankey Tank, which was until recently neglected, have been changed from its main purpose as being a reservoir to a park by Bangalore Water supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and Bruhut Bengalooru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). Covered Walkways, landscaped parks and also an exclusive tank for idol immersion during Ganesh Chaturthi festival has been built.”

This has given a new foundation for park culture in the city adhering to its cultural needs.

Building green parks is proven to freshen the air, supporting the natural environment of the city

The growth of the neighborhood or residential parks is a new concept in India and one that Bangalore is utilizing well. Parks in the neighborhoods not only have greenaries, trees and walkways but are also beginning to have a children’s area with swings and other recreational amenities. Pastoral landscape, specifically public parks and enlargements of towns, has given a new meaning for public recreation spaces in Bangalore city. Most neighborhood parks mimic each other with similar size and facilities. An article by Atree in Times of India states that “These urban commons, often perceived only to provide aesthetic and recreational services, also support biodiversity in the process.” Building green parks is proven to freshen the air, supporting the natural environment of the city. The neighborhood parks also contain ponds, lakes, walking tracks, and some even have small swimming pools (such as Sankey Tank Park and Lal Bagh), making it a welcoming environment to stay in.

Here are pictures of a residential neighborhood park close to my house with their specific amenities:

Walkway in the residential “Mini-forest Park” of Bangalore

Playgrounds as part of the “Mini-forest Park” in Bangalore

Trees and lawns surrounding the “Mini-forest Park” in Bangalore

Amenities including chairs and dustbins close to the walkway in “Mini-forest Park” of Bangalore.

Instructions for playground in the “Miniforest-Park” in Bangalore City.

This concept of developing parks has stayed in Bangalore through many decades. When I was a child, for example, I used to play in the playgrounds in parks and this idea of merging playgrounds and parks together is still present in the city. It saves space and it creates a multi-purpose environment both for adults and children.

The broad long park meets the landscaping and architectural needs of Bangalore – as building broad in Victorian style by using lots of land space is part of Bangalore city’s architecture. Tall buildings are very scarce and need special permission in the city. Similarly to the buildings, which are constructed spaciously – so are the parks. This brings a sense of uniformity to the architecture of park and city culture in Bangalore.

It is a relief to many residents that good urbanism is developing in the city and communal residential parks such as these definitely help intact communities and develop urban planning within the city. More than half of the residents in the community walk in these parks in the early morning and evening times after work. They provide leisure for many people. Overall, this concept of parks is a growing phenomenon in the country and one that should be preserved within Bangalore city.