Nandan Van makes its debut at GK
New Delhi: With tree decks, multi-play equipment, innovative swings and slides, and colourful cartoon-anime characters dotting all over its green carpet, South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s first Nandan Van, a children’s park, in B block of Greater Kailash-1 was thrown open for public on Saturday.
“We hope that children of age up to 12 years from all over Delhi will have fun here,” area councillor and standing committee chairperson Shikha Rai said.
In 2015, the Delhi high court had issued directions to the civic bodies to create space where children could play safely. In a 2016 study, Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights also expressed the same view.
A horticulture department official said a nominal entry fee of Rs 20 had been kept so that people didn’t loiter around unnecessarily. Only children and an accompanying guardian will be allowed to enter. The DDA plot was not in use before SDMC took it over last year and completed the project in nearly six months.
Though small in size, the park is dotted with interactive spaces to engage children physically and mentally. “Some of the features like wallholla, tree decks and adven- ture nets serve as playful means of physical exercise, while board games and floor games, abacus joints engage them mentally,” said Alok Singh, director of the horticulture department. A small corner for outdoor musical equipment has also been created while old floor games like stapu have been carved out on a rubberised platform.
Separate corners, artistic gazebos and walkways have been included in the design to help the guardians keep an eye on the children. Commisioner Puneet Goel said the park adhered to international safety norms. “The play areas have special rubberised under-surface to prevent any chance of injuries. SDMC’s focus, as in European countries, is to turn a regular play space into a sensory park allowing various activities.”
The park also has a sensory wall for disabled kids along with a section for toddlers. “The sensory wall allows them to touch, feel and explore the underwater sea world. Shapes and sizes of fishes have been carved out on this dedicated wall,” an official said.
Sudha Juneja, a visiting parent, said they had been waiting for the park for several months. “It is not an adventure park but a good place to come with children and let them play.”
First Nandan Van, a children’s park, opened in GK-1 B block9 more to come up at locations like Sarita Vihar, Dwarka, VikaspuriPark is meant for children below 12 years, with a separate section for toddlersTicketTimingSensory wall for disabled kids
(approx) spent to build the parkNew play equipment like wall-holla, tree decksRubberised pathways and tiles to keep kids safeCartoon-anime, life-sized figurinesMini adventure netsOutdoor musical equipmentCorner for parents to rest