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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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The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:30:00 -0800

Earlier, the ombudsman summoned climate change ministry and environment protection agency (EPA) officials for allowing IESCO for installation of a 132KV grid station in Fatima Jinnah Park in violation of set rules. The ombudsman had issued notices to ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:33:45 -0800

... Arif Karim, saying that the environmental watchdog gave permission to IESCO for installation of a 132KV grid station in Fatima Jinnah Park without the approval of a permanent head of the agency, as required by the Pakistan Environmental Protection ...

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The News International
Mon, 07 Sep 2015 01:31:01 -0700

The event was held at the Air Headquarters and witnessed by thousands at the adjoining F-9 Fatima Jinnah Park. President Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest. People drove in from Rawalpindi and far off places to wait for hours to witness the show.
 
Pakistan Observer
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:26:15 -0800

Wednesday, February 03, 2016 - Islamabad: An All Parties Kashmir (APK) Conference is to be held on Feb 04, (Thursday) at 3:00 PM, at Aiwan-i-Quaid, Fatima Jinnah Park, F-9, Islamabad to express solidarity with the oppressed people of Kashmir.

Daily Times

Daily Times
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 18:14:07 -0800

CDA chairman was informed that the project of miniature garden has also been envisaged and it has been planned to establish federal capital's first miniature garden in F-9 Fatima Jinnah Park. CDA Chairman Maroof Afzal has directed the environment wing ...

Daily Times

Daily Times
Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:30:04 -0800

... different facilities like walking tracks and small parks in the green areas would be also uplifted adding that the project of miniature garden has also been envisaged and it has been planned to establish capital's first miniature garden in F9 ...

Daily Times

Daily Times
Sun, 03 Jan 2016 16:48:11 -0800

A resident of sector G7 Ijaz Ahmad said that public parks in most of the areas including G6, G7, G8, F6 and F7 including Fatima Jinnah Park which is one of the largest parks of the country are in poor condition with broken benches, lights, swings and ...

The Express Tribune

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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