Money spent on the upkeep and development of the Swarn Jayanti Park, popularly known as the Japanese Park, has yielded a rich dividend.
At the recently concluded Delhi Development Authority's (DDA) Garden Festival, it was adjudged number one in the big park category. Kudos are not new to the park. It earned the second spot for two consecutive years - 2005 and 2006.
This year, the park was ranked number one in the overall category Adjacent to Rohini East Metro Station, the park is spread over 250 acres with a beautiful landscape, large variety of plantation, lakes and thematic segregation such as a children's park and scented garden. It was a serious contender to the coveted title in which DDA parks from all over Delhi participated.
With so much to offer: the park is flooded with visitors throughout the year. Despite being located in the middle of a concrete jungle, the park provides the much-needed green environment. The mounds and water bodies, with ducks swimming in them, create a semblance of a natural habitat right in the heart of the city Says Manu Gupta, a regular visitor to the park, "It is simply beautiftil.
From outside it is difficult to imagine that so much greenery is possible.
Thousands of flowers blooming in neat columns, lakes with ducks swimming in them, swings for children and restaurants - it has something for everyone. It is not surprising that the park got the first prize." With two fountains, four lakes and a large variety of flora, the park is an instant hit. "The park has the biggest lawn area (about 100 acres) in Delhi.
We have at least 150 varieties of sea- sonal flowers and 50 varieties of trees, shrubs, creepers and foliage plants. Yet another speciality is the 50 mounds in the park. They are generally not found in other parks," claims Phulwar Singh, Section Offices DDA. The recent laurel has left the park officials vying for more. Beginning March, the work on the development of 15 acres of land near gate number four will begin.
The beautification of the area will be completed before next year's garden festival.