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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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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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Pakistan Observer
Wed, 27 May 2015 21:29:42 -0700

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Pakistan Observer
Tue, 26 May 2015 21:18:45 -0700

The event entitled “Yaum-e-Takbeer- Tarikh-e-Pakistan ka Sang-e-Meel “will be held tomorrow at 5:00 pm at Aiwan-i-Quaid, Fatima Jinnah Park, Islamabad. Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions, LT Gen (Rtd) Abdul Qadir Baluch will be the Chief ...

The Nation

Daily Times
Sun, 24 May 2015 15:52:30 -0700

A 10-day second American film festival to promote visual and performing arts, women's empowerment and entrepreneurship started at Fatima Jinnah Park's Aiwan-e-Quaid auditorium. From May 23 to June 3, American filmmakers will participate in a series of ...

SAMAA TV

SAMAA TV
Tue, 12 May 2015 02:33:45 -0700

People enjoyed the nice weather at Pir Sohawa, Damn-i-Koh, Lake View Park, Fatima Jinnah Park and other public places. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has indicated the chances of rain to continue till Wednesday which would reduce the day ...

The Nation

Pakistan Observer
Tue, 12 May 2015 21:41:15 -0700

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - Islamabad—First Lady, Begum Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday inaugurated state-of-the-art Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal's (PBM) Thalassaemia Center here at Fatima Jinnah Park. Addressing on the occasion, she reiterated resolve of ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:30:00 -0800

He said this while addressing participants of a policy dialogue titled 'Road Map for Justice and Equality for Persons with Disability (PWD)', held on Wednesday at Fatima Jinnah Park. The event was organised by Aurat Foundation in collaboration with the ...
 
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 ...
 
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.
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