Residents of Sector 46 — along with an NGO, a corporate firm and Hindustan Times — have adopted a 2.5 acre park in their area to maintain it.
A committee comprising members of NGO Uthaan, MNC Fluor Daniel and residents of the New Gurgaon sector has been maintaining the horticultural, civic and public utilities of Adarsh Park for the last three months. The members aim to create a model park, which can be replicated in other parts of Gurgaon.
In order to restore the park located near the Sector 46 Huda market, the NGO has constructed six compost pits, about 6-foot deep, and repaired two rainwater harvesting units.
“We collect dry leaves from the park and turn it into compost. These waste products are very useful. We have also constructed toilets for men and women in the park. We also regularly prune the trees and bushes,” Sanjay Kaushik, president of Uthaan, said.
Residents of the sector, who had abandoned park due to its poor condition, have welcomed the initiative. “A large number of birds have started flocking to the park after the maintenance committee installed bird feeders,” Vikash Sood, a frequent visitor to the park, said.
Additionally, yoga classes for women are being conducted in the park. Residents have also been using the park as an open classroom to teach children from the nearby slum areas.
Further, a portion of the park has been turned into a nursery. The green space is also home to a Nakshatra Garden -- plants belonging to various stars are grown in this section. The RWA and officials of Fluor Daniel have planted bamboo and champa.
A flower bed has also been created, Kaushik said.
“We are trying to create a model park. People can visit and develop similar green spaces in other parts of the city,” he said.