The only children amusement park, set up in 2006 at Baba Farid cultural centre here, wears a deserted look and thousands of children studying in Faridkot schools have to go to far-off places for an outing.
The park had many recreational facilities for children such as a train restaurant, an artificial lake with small boats, a train for rides with a model platform and a round track, a rocket ride besides many kinds of swings and joy rides, but due to lack of proper maintenance, all the facilities have gone waste are now out of order and not for for use. The park is also full of thick wild growth of weeds, especially during the rainy season.
Soon after the park was developed, it began to get neglected allegedly due to lack of funds and things went from bad to worse. In stead of any addition to the facilities, it started losing whatever it had.
The park is located at a very beautiful serene place, in the lap of nature on the Faridkot road, quite close to the Rajasthan and Sirhind feeder where children could enjoy the beauty of nature, away from the noisy environment of the town.
The park was developed on a four-acre plot at the cultural center where many other facilities also existed such as a district library, an auditorium and an open stage besides an art gallery. But, all are now in a state of neglect.
"The amusement park needs to be revived. It is situated at a very suitable place. There is no problem of parking, it is outside the town and has also a library and other facilities. If the park is developed on modern lines, it can be properly maintained through the sale of entry tickets. Now, thousands of school children go to other places for an outing. If there are visitors, even the library can be revived and ideally utilised," said Narinderjeet Singh Brar, associate professor in Brijindra College, Faridkot.
"When such facilities are set up, the administration or the government must think whether they would be able to maintain them or not. There should be a regular and proper source of funds. But, we spend lakhs of rupees on such facilities and then leave them unattended," said Swaran Singh, a Faridkot resident.
"I am aware of the matter and will try to revive the Baba Farid cultural centre. We will also plan to revive the," said Mohammad Tayyab, deputy commissioner, Faridkot.