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Tuesday , June 17 , 2014
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Old tyres take on new hues at Kilkari park

- Organisation works on children’s ground out of waste material, to open next month

A park being made out of discarded tyres is taking shape on the Kilkari campus for the recreation of every child.

Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan, a unit of the education department, has been working on the park and different rides for the past two months or so. The main raw material being used is old discarded tyres sourced from a garage. Old ropes have also gone in to make the rides.

The inspiration for the park came from Delhi-based architect Kabir Bajpai, who constructed Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan at Saidpur around six years ago. Bajpai is also a consultant for project BaLA of the Delhi government under which space in government schools have been designed as a resource for the teaching-learning process.

Kilkari director Jyoti Parihar said Bajpai gave her the idea to develop a park at Kilkari at the time it was coming up. Now, the project has finally taken off and the inauguration is slated for early next month.

The park would be open to all children and not just those associated with Kilkari. There won’t be any entrance fee.

Parihar said: “Kilkari always tries to come up with creative things, which can help increase the learning ability of children, on a small little budget. We are mostly using old tyres, so there was no problem maintaining the budget. The rides, which we are bringing up, include a tyre swing, tyre tunnel and tyre mountain.”

Rashmi Singh, an alumna of College of Arts and Crafts, Patna, is developing the park, Parihar added.

This won’t be the first tyre playground in the city, as Delhi Public School already has a small one in its junior wing on the campus.

Parihar added that to give the park an attractive look, the tyres would be coloured. “We had to stop work on the park for a few days, but it would resume on Tuesday. If work continues without any break, the park would be ready for inauguration in 15 days,” Parihar said.

Anita Thakur, the programme officer, said: “The children associated with Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan, who mostly come from financially backward families, are very excited about the park. They are not allowed to enter the park now, but they have already started enjoying the rides secretly.”