In praise of parks

Khalifa Park is one of Abu Dhabi's biggest green spaces. Photo: Fatima Al Marzooqi / The National
Khalifa Park is one of Abu Dhabi's biggest green spaces. Photo: Fatima Al Marzooqi / The National

The announcement that Khalifa Park, one of the capital’s largest and most popular public spaces, is once again welcoming visitors brings the year to a perfect end for Abu Dhabi residents. The 45-hectare site had been closed for renovation for more than a year. Its reopening means that the capital once again has its full complement of green public spaces.

That includes the city’s many pocket parks. As they say, some good things come in small packages, and while sprawling parklands like Khalifa Park and similar green spaces are restful and revivifying, every neighbourhood cannot have one. But, as Abu Dhabi Municipality has sensibly calculated, little parks, which feature grassed areas as well as playgrounds, are possible – and desirable – throughout this island to ensure families have a so-called “green lung” within walking distance.

A patch of green allows a breath of fresh air.

Published: December 29, 2014 04:00 AM

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