One of the major aspects that add to a positive urban living experience is green areas in and around the city, their presence and accessibility to the majority of the public plays a vital role in defining the quality of living experience. After a long day at work or school, what better way to unwind with your family than spending some time at the nearest public park? The children can play to their heart’s content, while adults get their fair share of exercise. The occasional weekend picnic is a great way to use these areas as well.
Peshawar is no stranger to public parks, or to fresh air. Being surrounded by mountains puts it close to nature, so spending some time in the hills for short hikes is a great activity as well. However, the authorities have also established and maintained a number of public parks in the city.
This means that citizens living in residential areas like the HB Housing Scheme will be able to enjoy all that these parks have to offer at either zero or nominal charges. This adds to the appeal of this PDA-approved housing society which is offering a variety of plot sizes with a highly convenient payment plan. HB Housing Scheme aims to cater to the evolving demand for a comfortable lifestyle of Peshawar’s citizens, as well as people moving here for career or educational purposes.
So, whether you’re an existing citizen or plan to move to Peshawar soon, here’s a list of public parks which will make things enjoyable and healthy for you and your family. Keep in mind, these are just a few of the many options there.
Located at the highest point of Peshawar, Gor Khatri Caravanserai is a great place to visit with your family. It consists of a Mughal-era caravanserai, an ancient Hindu temple, and is believed to be the place where the Buddha’s sacred alms bowl was present. Visiting it can be a great learning experience for your children, and for history buffs as well.
2. Tatara Park
Tatara Park is located in Hayatabad, Peshawar, and is the perfect destination for children. over the years, it has evolved from a simple green area to a full-fledged theme park, complete with a number of thrilling rides.
3. Khalid Bin Waleed Park
This park was built back in 1775 to honour the renowned Mughal architect Ali Mardan Khan, and was originally named Ali Mardan Khan Park. Its name was changed later to Company Bagh, and it is now called Khalid Bin Waleed Park. It offers peaceful green views, and is located in the serene and beautiful Peshawar Cantonment.
4. Wazir Bagh
This is another historic park, established back in 1810 during the rule of Prince Shah Mahmood Durrani. It has four enclosures, and consists of a mosque, pond, pavilion, fountains, football ground, and two spacious lawns. It is widely used as a recreational park, and is great for communal cricket matches as well.
5. Shahi Bagh
Located in Faqirabad, Peshawar, Shahi Bagh is a Mughal-era park and has been a hub for various gatherings over the years. It, along with the Durrani-established Wazir Bagh, is one of the oldest and most expansive parks in the historically-rich city of Peshawar.
This park holds a number of buildings, such as Government College Peshawar, a cricket stadium, the Peshawar Gymkhana Ground, and a number of sports clubs and local government offices. It is truly a place worth visiting.
6. Jinnah Park
Jinnah Park is located on GT Road, right opposite Bala Hissar Fort, a historic site you should take your family to. It was known as Cunningham Park in the past, and was home to a referendum regarding the independence of Pakistan, and the joining of then NWFP (now KPK) to the new country. Apart from its historical importance, it also has a digital fountain, which has water dancing and musical fountain displays.
7. PAFWA Children Park
PAFWA Children Park is located on Bahadur Yaar Jung Road, and is particularly better for younger children due to the rides there. It was established by the Pakistan Air Force Women Association (PAFWA) to offer families a place to have some quality time together.
Bagh-e-Naran in Hayatabad is one of the most well-maintained and beautiful parks in the city. Consisting of large green areas, rides, and even a zoo, it is one of the best places in Peshawar for a nice family outing.
So, if you’re thinking about moving to Peshawar with your family, know that there are a number of public parks for your amusement. If you’re still thinking about where you’ll live in Peshawar, make HB Housing Scheme your lifestyle destination. It is a PDA-approved project with 5-, 7-, and 10-marla residential plots and has its own parks as well. In addition, it offers these features with an easy instalment plan, so it is a great pick!