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Fatima Jinnah Park

Fatima Jinnah Park, also known as F-9 Park, is a public recreational park situated within the F-9 sector of Islamabad, Pakistan. The park is one of the largest covered areas in Pakistan. It is named after Fatima Jinnah, the younger sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. The park's builder, Michael Japero, took five years to design it.

Present state[edit]

Map of Islamabad.JPG

Fatima Jinnah Park's vast acreage is mostly covered by greenery, with a few man-made structures dotting the landscape. Most of the park area is effectively a wildlife sanctuary, except for a few areas of the park that are close to residential districts. The park is bounded by a steel fence with entrance doors placed at regular intervals, although only a few are routinely open and used. A further strip of land outside of the fence is lined with a footpath. A well laid network of footpaths lies inside the park, with neat grass and a few statues. The park is known for its wildlife, and the question of further development there divides people in the surrounding communities, many of whom worry that development would jeopardise its untamed feel.[citation needed]

Public uses[edit]

Islamabad di Daat

The park's open spaces are commonly used for recreational walking and outdoor sports. Occasionally, they are used for driving lessons. Because of a lack of attendance, the roads in the park are not managed so as to provide smooth driving[original research?], but they are still useful in teaching young drivers how to negotiate a few tight turns.

Only a few areas of Fatima Jinnah Park are well developed, containing busy clusters of buildings, while other areas rarely see human activity. One of the more developed areas is the Megazone complex, which includes a sports zone with a standard-length swimming pool and tables for table tennis and snooker. The complex also includes facilities for bowling, arcade games, laser tag, and other games; areas for a fast food and dining; and an assortment of shops for clothes, DVDs, and other items.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered a McDonalds fast-food restaurant and several clubs, such as an Aeromodelling Club, that had been operating inside F-9 Park to close down. Yet, as of March 2011, the McDonalds had reopened.[1]

Future plans[edit]

Aiwan e Quaid

The Capital Development Authority (CDA), which manages the park, has grand plans for the space, which is sometimes called the "sleeping heart" of Islamabad. The issue of the park's development is more pressing now that the people of Islamabad have taken a keen interest in recreational activities. The CDA's proposed future design for the park will include lakes, rock gardens, aquariums, and fountains.

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See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McDonalds come back in danger". Dawn News. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 31 Dec 2010. 

Coordinates: 33°42′06″N 73°01′29″E / 33.70167°N 73.02472°E / 33.70167; 73.02472


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150 news items

 
Business Recorder
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:03:45 -0800

The ICT officials offered PTI to hold the rally outside Red Zone either at Kashmir Highway or at Fatima Jinnah Park in F-9 but PTI leadership rejected the offer, saying that they would hold the rally at D-Chowk. They said that officials of district ...
 
Pakistan Observer
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:22:30 -0800

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - Islamabad—PakWheels.com is all geared up to deliver the 3rd Islamabad Auto Show on Sunday, 23rd November 2014, at Fatima Jinnah Park from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. This Auto Show promises to be the biggest annual ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:48:45 -0800

STOCK IMAGE. ISLAMABAD: On the basis of an 'all-clear' environmental impact assessment (EIA), the Islamabad Electrical Supply Company (Iesco) has gotten approval from almost all departments to construct a 132KV grid station in Fatima Jinnah Park.
 
The Nation
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:49:24 -0800

Islamabad - Fatima Jinnah Park, also known is F-9 Park, is losing its attraction due to utter negligence and improper management. The area of the park, which is opposite to sector F-8, is the most neglected one, as grassy lawns there have not been mowed.
 
The News International
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:21:22 -0700

Fatima Jinnah Park in the F-9 sector of Islamabad has been in a state of decay since two years. My last visit to the park was two years back, when I was told that all one hundred gardeners were fired after the contractor was terminated. The decay of ...
 
The News International
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:11:32 -0700

Similarly a shopping mall in the Fatima Jinnah Park or structures in the Argentina Park in Islamabad would certainly generate huge financial returns but the green will be lost forever. Were it not for former CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry the Margalla hills ...
 
The News International
Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:07:30 -0800

This year, Women's Action Forum (Islamabad), Insani Haqooq Itehad, the EVAW Alliance and supporters are celebrating the women's movement and marking National Women's Day by organising a joint 'mela' the Fatima Jinnah Park in Sector F-9.
 
The Express Tribune
Fri, 20 May 2011 00:45:21 -0700

Residents of the capital city are regularly ripped off by contractors and face numerous problems when visiting Fatima Jinnah Park in F-9, whose ownership the relevant CDA departments shrink from taking. The Project Management Office (PMO) of the ...
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