There is a park near my house. Every now and then I visit the park for my evening walk. More than walking it is about the atmosphere and the activities that happen there. People of all ages walking, jogging, exercising etc.. Other than this, on one corner you can find a small play area for kids where kids upto the age of 5 years play. They are accompanied by either of their parents or both of them. Its basically a family time for them. Then you will find older men sitting in circles and discussing latest issues, cracking jokes laughing etc.. Similarly you will find ladies in groups chatting happily, discussing television and food receipes. You will find young boys and girls in groups laughing, playing, teasing each other. Occasionally you will find people like me who simply sit and observe the activities around.
So many things go on in this park. It has been developed beautifully. Inside the park you will find a small gym, walking track, garden, plants all around, palm trees, a public toilet, benches for sitting, caretaker’s house, radio etc., at the entrance there is a murti of Lord ganesha and to this park you enter through a big gate. Outside you will find so many vehicles parked of people coming to the park, then you will find a panipuri guy, an ice cream guy and a balloon guy. Occasionally they even have health camps here.
People love this place. Though crowded, they get to meet people, have a chat and go back home refreshed. Now you must be thinking why I am writing all this in so much detail. I was just trying to give an idea how this park is an integral part of the lives of people around here.
This park is the efforts of one government engineer. He felt that what this area needed the most was a place to relax. He looked for the land, got various government approvals and sanctions, got the whole park developed and till date after retiring also looks after the maintenance (not financially but with his leadership) of the park. Even today I can see him guiding the caretaker about the things to be done at the park. Everyday he comes to park and people talk to him with so much respect.
Instead of park, he could have used that land for any other purpose but he decided to give back something to the society. The park entry is free for everyone. It has become a place of bonding with each other for the people. Taking a break from their mobiles and laptops, people spend good family time here.
Isn’t this an act of goodness on the part of that retired person??? He does motivate me to give something valuable back to the society. I am really thankful to him for giving us this park.