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Beautiful green spaces in Bandra

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Greener spaces are an integral part of urban life that define the layout of the community. As we have started living in increasingly built up environments, the need for parks is as important in the 21st century as it was in the 19th.

They are the community’s natural life support systems and a well maintained park in an area can increase the real estate value manifold.

If you are looking for safe play spaces for your kids and to escape from the clamour of the city but don’t have to travel far, the green spaces are for you.

Here’s five of our favorite places to sit back and relax: the green gems tucked away in the corners of Bandra.

joggers park a1. Joggers Park, Off Carter Road, Near Otters Club, Bandra West.

What’s it like?

The 16600 sq.sea reclaimed land boasts of a beautiful beach side and coordinates recreational, educational and athletic activities.

Joggers Park project and initiative started in 1990 is a gift from Sir Oliver Andrade.

Spend some wandering through this gorgeous park well maintained throughout the year and its open grass areas, kids play zones, restrooms, bird enclosures and the windy benches facing the sea.

Best for: Three multiuse tracks of mud, tiles and concrete perfect for walkers, joggers and runners alike. Stunning sunset views.

Timings: 5 am to 9 am/3.30 p.m to 9 pm

Entry charges: Rs 1 per child and Rs. 2 per adult.

Transport: Car, Foot or Bus No:  220 from Bandra West Station.

Did you know?

It’s impossible not to stumble upon a celebrity each time you visit Joggers Park. This place also inspired a Bollywood movie in English and Hindi by the name “Joggers Park” (2003) written by Subash Ghai.

madhu park2. Madhu Park, Khar West, Mumbai 400052

What’s it like?

This 2000 sq.mtr green lung is close to the crowded streets but offers you alluring ways to spend some quality time with family and friends. A living room to neighbourhood residents, get immersed in the terraced solitude in the shade of the trees, watching the sparkling fountain and let the kids run off to enjoy the well equipped play area.

The walking trails buzz with people of all age groups and the park is especially crowded during the weekends.

Lovely little place to hang out.

Best for: Community gathering, family get-togethers and recreational activities.

Transport: Easily accessible by car, foot and bus.

3. Patwardhan Park (Raosaheb Patwardhan Udyan, Bandra West)

What’s it like? 

The 18868 Sq.mtr space is a restful green space in the midst of the concrete jungle

Private walking spaces, jogging track, manicured lawns, play spaces for kids makes this park hugely popular and a lively recreational facility for the locals.

Find peace and serenity in the quaint quiet spots in the park and enjoy the fresh air as you walk along its winding paths.

Best for: Separate yoga covered space, picnics

Timings: 5.30 am – 10 am /4 pm – 9 pm

Did you know?

Herbs and juices stall in the park from 7 am to 10 am

Do remember to check out the neem and tulsi leaves kept there for use.

Entry Charges: Rs. 2 per adult /Monthly and Half yearly passes available.

upra park4.  UPRA  Eco garden, Union Park, Khar West – An Union Park Residents Association Initiative

What’s it like?  

Find a shady spot to rest your feet, enjoy the walking trails watching kids on swings as you ensure the conservation of the natural and cultural environment and landscape qualities of the park.

Spread a sheet on the grassy knoll or go on a stroll with your babies in this small but delightful green space. Get bowled over by the peacefulness that this park offers. It is open to public and guarantees a pleasant and easy experience.

Transport: Easily accessible by bus, car or foot.

Did you know?

This is the city’s first eco-friendly garden. The solar panels light the 30 lamp posts in the park which therefore do not depend on any electricity provider. A water-recycling unit provides 7000 litres of water per day to the garden and they generate green waste from the garden compost pit.

5.       Prof Almeida Park

5th Rd, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050

What’s it like?  This little oasis of calm in the hub of Bandra is well worth a visit for the open grassy areas and the winding paths perfect for a charming walk.

Frankly it’s so lovely if you look at the pretty, petit park strewn with picnickers, families and the rest. Carefully maintained and lovingly cared for, this park is popular with kids and adults alike. Sit down in the pleasant shaded areas overlooking the children’s play area which is conveniently located amidst the busy walking zones.

Best for: Neatly maintained Walks, safe play zone with slides, swings and other play equipment, sand pit

Transport: Public access is very easy by bus, car or foot.

Did you know?  The park has been named after Prof. Raphael Almeida – ex-Mayor; Municipal Councillor, Senator, Hon. Magistrate and a renowned botanist who dedicated his life for the betterment of Bandra and its youth.

People’s appreciation of parks is enriched through effective interpretation of parks and their resources.

We hope that this information about parks allows you to make informed decisions about which parks to visit and what you can expect.

Things have changed over the decades, but going to a park with the family and friends or even alone is timeless.

Look around you: while you are reading this. Are you missing something??  

 

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