Unlike other colonies where children do not have a playground, residents of Sector 3, Rajendra Nagar, have constructed a play area in its park to encourage children to go outdoors.
The park is behind a private school in block 10 of Sector 3, Rajendra Nagar. The residents’ welfare association has invested more than Rs 1 lakh in developing the park which is now a favourite spot of youngsters and the elderly.
Shiv Park in Sector 3, Rajendra Nagar, which earlier only saw elders out on their walks, now comes alive every evening with children playing volleyball and taking turns on the swing.
“It is important for children to maintain physical fitness. The RWA noticed that the children were increasingly getting addicted to mobile phones and laptops. Hence, we decided to put up a net for volleyball for older children and bought swings for the younger ones,” said Ashish Singh, secretary of Rajendra Nagar, Sector 3 RWA.
Residents said the authorities have not been maintaining the park.
“Though the volleyball court and the swings were put up by us only a year ago, we have been maintaining the park for the past 40 years. We have hired a gardener who takes care of the park on a daily basis,” said Tushar Kasana, a resident .
He said residents have been getting support to maintain the park from local MLA Amarpal Sharma.
“We had requested the MLA for high mast lights and he got it installed a year ago. Before that, some people from outside the locality used to frequent the park to consume alcohol after sunset,” said RP Tyagi, RWA member.
Apart from the volleyball court and swings, the park also has benches and is lined with tall trees that have been nurtured by the residents for decades.
“Many of us planted the trees ourselves since we had a passion for gardening. The varieties planted here include ashoka, neem, chameli, amla and mahogany and gulmohur,” said Rakesh Rastogi, a resident of the locality.