Iqbal Park

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Iqbal Park
اقبال پارک
Minar-e-Pakistan at night Taken on July 20 2005.jpg
Location within Lahore
Type Recreation and wildlife park
Location Lahore, Pakistan
Coordinates 31°35′33″N74°18′34″E / 31.5925°N 74.3095°E / 31.5925; 74.3095 Coordinates: 31°35′33″N74°18′34″E / 31.5925°N 74.3095°E / 31.5925; 74.3095
Area328.901 acres (133.102 ha) [1]
Createdc.1968

Iqbal Park (Urdu : اقبال پارک), formerly Minto Park, is an urban park; after renovation and expansion its name is Greater Iqbal Park located in the outskirts of the Walled City in Lahore, Pakistan. [2] [3] Noted as the home of Minar-e-Pakistan, the 125-acre park includes an artificial lake which spreads over four acres which includes an 800-feet-long musical fountain. Other attractions includes a soft rail, library, an open-air gym and a food court. The tombs of Allama Iqbal and Hafeez Jalandhari are also located in the park. [4]

Urban park park in a city or other incorporated place

An urban park or metropolitan park, also known as a municipal park or a public park, public open space, or municipal gardens (UK), is a park in cities and other incorporated places to offer recreation and green space to residents of, and visitors to, the municipality. The design, operation and maintenance is usually done by government agencies, typically on the local level, but may occasionally be contracted out to a park conservancy, friends of group, or private sector company.

Walled City of Lahore Municipality in Punjab, Pakistan

The Walled City of Lahore, also known as Old City, forms the historic core of Lahore, Pakistan. The city was established around 1000 CE in the western half of the Walled City, which was fortified by a mud wall during the medieval era.

Lahore Metropolis in Punjab, Pakistan

Lahore is a city in the Pakistani province of Punjab. Lahore is the country's second-most populous city after Karachi, and is one of Pakistan's wealthiest cities with an estimated GDP of $58.14 billion (PPP) as of 2015. Lahore is the largest city, and historic cultural centre of the Punjab region, and one of Pakistan's most socially liberal, progressive, and cosmopolitan cities.

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Renovation and Expansion Along with renovation of the Minar-i-Pakistan (Pakistan Resolution Movement), the project features expansion of the Iqbal Park by including it in the stretch of Circular Road between the park and Lahore Fort. The 125 acre green oasis is surrounded almost entirely by the old city of Lahore.

The project was started on October 10, 2015 and was completed on November 9, 2016 incurring a total cost of PKR 981 million as quoted by the contractor of the project. The construction project was awarded to Habib Construction Services which is one of the largest construction companies of Pakistan and have worked on several other mega projects previously. Also history museum and an outdoor amphitheater are under construction inside the park premises.

Expansion Statistics:

LocationLahore
Construction CostPKR 981 Million
ClientParks and Horticulture Authority
OwnershipPHA, Government of Punjab
ContractorHabib Construction Services Limited

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Minar-e-Pakistan architectural structure

Minar-e-Pakistan is a national monument located in Lahore, Pakistan. The tower was built between 1960 and 1968 on the site where the All-India Muslim League passed the Lahore Resolution on 23 March 1940 - the first official call for a separate and independent homeland for the Muslims of British India, as espoused by the two-nation theory. The resolution eventually helped lead to the emergence of an independent Pakistani state in 1947.

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The Badshahi Mosque is a Mughal era masjid in Lahore, capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab, Pakistan. The mosque is located west of Lahore Fort along the outskirts of the Walled City of Lahore, and is widely considered to be one of Lahore's most iconic landmarks.

Lahore Fort fort

The Lahore Fort, is a citadel in the city of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. The fortress is located at the northern end of walled city Lahore, and spreads over an area greater than 20 hectares. It contains 21 notable monuments, some of which date to the era of Emperor Akbar. The Lahore Fort is notable for having been almost entirely rebuilt in the 17th century, when the Mughal Empire was at the height of its splendour and opulence.

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