x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Parks and recreation on the rise in Abu Dhabi

Five parks spanning roughly 60,000 square metres will begin construction in Abu Dhabi this September, to be completed 12 months later.

ABU DHABI // Five parksranging in size from 7,600 square metres to 14,000 square metres are to be built in Abu Dhabi over the next year.

The construction of the parks – four of which will be in Al Shamkha and one in Al Adlah – will begin in September and take about 12 months to complete.

“Developing and constructing parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities in the mainland echoes the vision of the municipality of Abu Dhabi City of ensuring a superior quality of life and sustainable environment for the residents of Abu Dhabi,” said Rashid Al Falasi, director of parks and recreational facilities at the municipality.

He said playgrounds would be appropriate for all age groups and would encourage children to exercise.

The parks are be accessible to people with special needs.

Areas will be set aside for football, exercise and barbecues and the parks will include shaded areas and fountains.

Each park will have a distinctive theme, said Mr Al Falasi.

He said these themes would “perpetuate sustainability concepts using tip-top materials, advanced energy-efficient lighting systems, and rationalising consumption of irrigation water”.

Native plants will account for 20 to 30 per cent of the total plantation area.

halbustani@thenational.ae