Model Town Park: An Escape From the Grey
In the bustling and often confusing city life of Lahore, places, where you can escape the din and pollution of everyday life, are rare and often far away from the bustle itself. One place that achieves this idyllic (and metaphoric) heaven, though, is Model Town Park. I have visited this place at different hours of the day, but my favorite time spent here is in the early hours of the morning.
Between the bustling Ferozpur Road on one side and the populous residential Model Town on the other, Model Town Park provides a quick escape from busy urban living.
On one such occasion, I decided to walk calmly and attentively through it (as opposed to jogging on the track, as I normally do). In doing so, I realized that my infatuation with Jinnah Garden had restricted me from appreciating other beautiful spots such as this one. The beautiful, old and shady trees in Model Town Park were impressive and comparable to Bagh-e-Jinnah. The lush green grass was abundant and well-kempt. From the jogging track, I could observe beautiful young and old trees from afar. While some youngsters love old people for their wisdom, I dote on trees for similar reasons. Their majestic stance and inimitable splendor grasp my attention instantaneously and sustain it for a long time.
With my mind in this appreciative place, I came across a few young boys recklessly whizzing past one another on some swings. Noticing that there weren’t many people around, I decided to have a go at the swings myself. As soon as one was vacated, I quickly hopped on it and put my rusty swinging skills from nearly a decade ago to use. Surprisingly, I gained good momentum but did not dare jump off the swing at its highest, as I would’ve confidently done at age ten. Later, I mused over the fact that we tend to get less and less sure-footed as we grow older. As always, I pondered over the deeper connotations of this thought, than the literal (obvious) one.
There are several mini-playgrounds for children within Model Town Park, for children of varying ages. It is an ideal location for families, particularly those looking for affordable entertainment. The park also has two cafeterias which serve refreshments of various sort. Their plastic chairs and tables are spread out at random underneath shady trees. Crows were singing at the top of their voices close to the cafeterias, probably awaiting leftovers and scrapes from various groups of people gobbling up quick snacks. Their shrill sounds became the characteristic background music of this area, and could be heard all around it.
The park was bursting with life although it was the morning of a work-day. Friends, families, couples and, of course, loners were scattered around the park. They wandered about or sat near the cafeterias, making use of the abundant trees. If you are someone who gets depressed by grey-brown monotony of Lahore, this brilliant-green expanse is just the fix for you. Model Town Park is lovely in its simple, picturesque setting. It charms you with its forwardness and inclusiveness, and draws you in the minute you step through the gates.