Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park: The Perfect Hideaway
Karachi has limited avenues for interaction with nature. The city lacks greenery and is mostly concrete and rubble. For those seeking trees, flowers, and grass, one of the best options is Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park.
Built in honor of the first female Prime Minister, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park is a sight for sore eyes. The location is accessible; the park is very close to Clifton Beach. It is near the popular food street on Boat Basin and Dolmen Mall, both of which draw in large crowds. Visitors to these places can visit the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park for recreation and exercise in the open.
The park is well managed and maintained. The grass is always freshly cut and well watered. The trees are thick and old. A diversity of flowers in a gradient of colors can be found all over the park. The cleanliness of the park is in stark contrast to the rest of the city.
When you enter, you are greeted by vastness on all four sides. Right in front of the gate, there is a magnificent dancing fountain surrounded by flowers. The flowers highlight the beautiful structure of the fountain. The sea is also visible from one end of the park.
The jogging track is well maintained and long enough to test the agility and commitment of the most persistent runners. The serene beauty of the park probably serves as a welcome distraction, or motivation, for joggers.
It’s not uncommon to find people of all ages and demographics at the park, either exercising, relaxing or socializing. While most youngsters can be found lying on the grass, the park also provides seating arrangements and sheds.
The park is open to the public from 4 AM- 11 PM. This way the park is able to cater to people with all kinds of schedules and routines. Whether one prefers exercising in the early hours of the morning or retreating to nature at night.
It is of essence that nature and green spaces like public parks be invested in and taken care of. They are a much-needed outlet for many people in the city. Mismanagement can mean that people stop visiting the park or their experience of the park is reduced. That is not a problem with Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park as the administration runs a tight ship.
The park is within walking distance from my house which is why I am able to visit it regularly. Its mesmerizing beauty and tranquil serenity have always helped me clear my head of urban humdrum. I could not be more grateful for its existence.