The Best Park in Pakistan – Fatima Jinnah Park in F-9
February 10, 2013 Leave a comment
Islamabad has a lot to offer for those who love nature and the outdoors. And folks living here can’t wait to find a reason to spend time outdoors. Even in the middle of a hot monsoon summer or freezing winter.
There are these famous hiking trails all across Magalla hills with a new one added just a few weeks ago. Islamabadis take time out on weekends to enjoy the serene and beautiful nature resorts like Pir Sohawa, Shakarparian, Murree Hills, Khanpur and Rawal dams. Some of these places get so crowded during holidays that it seems everyone has abandoned their homes for the outdoors. The has one more outdoor activity to offer. The well manicured parks and gardens. And one such beautiful park is Fatima Jinnah Park in F-9 Sector.
This 700 acre park was part of the original master plan of the city dating back to early 1960s but was not opened up to the public till early 1990s. In the past twenty odd years, it has gone from being a rugged green expanse to a well maintained and managed park in the city. Probably the best kept in the country.
Thousands of Islamabadis throng the beautiful park in late afternoon, daily, for a stroll or a brisk evening walk. And still others come here to fly kites, model aeroplanes, learn martial arts from masters, play cricket and football with friends. Or just go for a jog on the many trails criss crossing the park.
For parents with young children, there are swings, slides and all the goodies that a five year old can enjoy.
The park is designed with many snaking trails for walking and jogging which are going in all possible directions. It is always fun to explore a new path and see where it leads to.
During holidays (like Eid and Independence day) it is not uncommon to find special events happening, including free concerts to keep the people enthralled.
There is one serious draw back though. Since electricity load shedding is in effect, the park grows dark when the sun goes down in the evening. There are lights along the walkways, but they are all turned off (except for the children play area). So if you plan to visit the park in the evening, bring a flash light with you.
The park is surprisingly very clean and well maintained. The grass is actually green, and the rides for children don’t creek with bad upkeep. Everything seems to be in order, which is a nice surprise for anyone visiting the park for the first time.And oh, there is ample parking for all visitors so no need to park at the curb or busy roads. But do bring your refreshments with you as there are no lemonade stands in the park.
Don’t forget to see the sun set in the evening. It is so beautiful and so clear. It is not uncommon to see photographers out with their special cameras capturing the moment.
If you are visiting Islamabad or just passing through, I recommend one later afternoon walk through the park. Fatima Jinnah Park is truly one of the most beautiful parks in the country.