Nan­dan Van makes its de­but at GK

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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

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