Why Mumbaikars believe more needs to be done to make Mumbai parks more accessible

Mumbai boasts of many parks but somehow city dwellers believe they aren't able to use the parks to the fullest. They say the parks not only have restrictions but are also not well-maintained dissuading many of them from stepping into them

Updated On: 2023-06-02 05:11 PM IST

Compiled by : Nascimento Pinto

Mumbaikars want to use their local parks for a variety of activities but there are many challenges that don't allow them to do it freely. Image for representational purposes only. Photo Courtesy: Istock

Mumbai-based Anca Abraham, who is the co-founder of Love Your Parks Mumbai believes that it is impossible to have a picnic because they don't allow walking on grass and restrict food. People cannot play games, cycle or play with the ball. Image for representational purpose only. Photo Courtesy: iStock

Abraham says after Pushpa Narsee Park was taken over by the BMC recently to construct an underground parking lot, the rules for the once forward-thinking park have become strict with no walking on grass, hence no picnic, no games, no farmers market, and the timings have reduced too. Photo Courtesy: Anurag Ahire

It is no different for Patwardhan Park which faces a similar fate amid protests from residents. Mumbaikar Kate C, who frequents Joggers Park, Patwardhan Park, Pushpa Narsee Park and Bajaj Park, says currently only D'Monte Park is the one that allows balls in the park. Photo Courtesy: Pradeep Dhivar

It is not only the restrictions on activities but also the playing areas, littering due to insufficient bins and too much concrete that make it difficult for people to enjoy their time in the park, according to her. Andheri resident Rebecca Fernandes, who has two children, says the swings are missing in the park near her home. Image for representational purpose only. Photo Courtesy: iStock

Bandra-based Aditya Ankam has had a better experience while conducting his CrossFit coaching in the parks around him near Carter Road and Aeroplane Garden. However, he says a lot more can be done for parks in the city, and it starts with the authorities taking the initiative to raise awareness about them. Image for representational purpose only. Photo Courtesy: iStock

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