While Bangalore has been invaded by concrete in the name of necessary urbanisation, the once abundant green patches have either disappeared or are rotting in complete neglect. People too have found alternatives from taking a walk and soaking in nature’s fresh air; weekends are spent at malls, restaurants, pubs, multiplexes.
But evidencing that there is still chance for the greens in the city, is the park near the junction of the CMH Road and 100 Feet Road in the heart of Indiranagar. The park was in complete neglect and the residential community shuddered at the thought of stepping into it. “Poor lighting, untamed weeds and sprouting of nefarious activities made the park notorious,” said a resident.
But, then, to make a difference to the community at large, Cornerstone, a real estate firm, decided to give a facelift to the park. “The sole purpose was to redo the park in such a way that the residents of Indiranagar feel proud to call it their own,” explained Suraj H Asrani, chief operating officer of the company, adding, “With the support of BBMP, we took up the onus of not only restoring the park but also to make it an example of what green spaces could become if fostered.”
Today this park has been transformed from a dark and dingy corner to a green, well-lit lung space for all age groups. “The approach of the park is set with chrome shaded metal with the gate carved in the shape of a spectacular tree that opens up inviting the people into a world of serenity,” said Darshin, an employee of the company who took part in the CSR activity. “When you enter the park, you can see a magnificent monolith placed on a raised water pedestal. The raised platform gives a bird’s eye view of the park,” he said.
The highlight of the park is that it is the city’s only outdoor vertical garden. Amidst all the greenery, one can spot beautiful sculptures of swans in flight symbolising the ‘never say die’ spirit of human nature. “Interesting quotes that stress the importance of staying fit and being in good health adorn different areas of the park. Benches are placed thoughtfully,” said Darshin.
Apart from this, a bust of Swami Vivekananda occupies its pride of place at the centre of the park.
“The subtly lit space lets itself to introspection and reflection of his teachings that is very pertinent to today’s times,” said Darshin.
The park also has an exclusive space for senior citizens and children’s play area. “This play area has rubberised flooring in case children tumble. It acts as a safe cushion,” he added.