Iqbal Park

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Iqbal Park
اقبال پارک
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
Area 328.901 acres (133.102 ha) [1]
Created c.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 a 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]

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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. Visitors can lounge on rolling lawns and take in the panoramic view of the symbolic Minar-e-Pakistan, the majestic Lahore Fort, the iconic Azadi Interchange and the historic Badshahi Mosque that also shelters the tomb of Allama Iqbal (1877-1938), a Muslim poet and one of the great spiritual thinkers and teachers of all times. For those who prefer a more active itinerary, 4 kilometer long walkways provide ample opportunities for running and cycling. In addition the guests can take a stroll through the cascade surrounded by four memorial monuments, ride in the soft rail that runs along the 2 kilometer long Buggy Track or picnic near the lake and enjoy 800 feet long musical fountain performance. Moreover, the park features lush greenery, ample seating and artistic food courts and shopping kiosks for visitors. 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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References

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  2. Zafar Iqbal. "Bury the hatchet". gulftoday.ae. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  3. "Greater Iqbal Park to open for public on August 14". Express Tribune. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  4. "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif formally inaugurates Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore". DAWN.COM. 2016-12-17. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  5. "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif formally inaugurates Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore". DAWN.COM. 2016-12-17. Retrieved 2016-12-17.