Park: Residents of Damphu in Tsirang now have a recreational park.
The construction of the beautifully designed park was completed almost two months, but it is yet to be opened for the public.
Considered to be one of the most expensive parks in the country, construction of the 3.6-acre town park opposite Damphu hospital cost Nu 9 million. It took eight months to complete the construction.
The park has two huge concrete canopies, a Mani Dungkor and an artificial lake with an arched bridge over it. In the middle of the lake are two fountains.
The park has a 300-metre footpath surrounded by flower gardens . Besides other elemental and aesthetic structures, the park has play equipment for children.
Tsirang Dzongdag Ngawang Pem said that the plan was to open the park to the public in November last year. “We are not sure when we would be able to do that.”
The idea of developing the park was inspired by His Majesty The King’s desire to make the towns clean, beautiful and livable. The park used to be labour camp during the construction of Tsirang Dzong. At one point of time, it used to be a place where the town’s garbage was dumped.
“Loads and loads of garbage was dug out from here,” said Ngawang Pem. Two automobile workshops had to be relocated to make space for the park.
Staff of dzongkhag administration helped build the park every Friday afternoon. Contributions, labour and cash, poured in from Renewable Natural Resource Centres, Royal Bhutan Police, Bhutan Power Corporation, the business communities, individuals and agriculture research centres.
“Had there been no such voluntary contributions, construction cost could have doubled,” said Ngawang Pem. The park, she added, is a product of healthy cooperation.
Also, simultaneously, a sculpture garden depicting the birth of Buddha was built at Moenlamthang.
The park was built with funds from Queen’s Project and RGoB.
As the people of Tsirang eagerly await the inauguration of the park, their neighbours down south in Gelephu are planning a huge recreational park on the left side of the Gelephu-Zhemgang highway, about a kilometer away from Gelephu town.
An area of 58 acres has been identified between the teak forests. Ever green trees will also be planted in the park.
Thromde’s urban planner Jigme Tshering said that given the huge area within the teak forest, the park will be divided into three sections. One section will have facilities for senior citizens, which will have Mani Dungkor, small choetens, street furniture, canopies and footpaths. The general section will have jogging trails, bicycle tracks, picnic spots, open-air cafeteria and a basketball court. The children section will have playing equipment. The park will also have a swimming pool.
“As of now we just have developed the concept of the park. Budget for design will be proposed in the financial year 2016-2017,” he said.
Nirmala Pokhrel, Tsirang