Big splash at park pool

FUN IN POOL: Children enjoy boating at Shaheed Nirmal Mahto Park in Hazaribagh on Wednesday. Picture by Vishvendu Jaipuriar

Hazaribagh: Shaheed Nirmal Mahto Park on Ranchi-Patna Highway has once again turned into one of the sought-after hangout destinations for children.

Thanks to an amusement zone set up inside the park on December 28 that boasts funky models of cartoon characters, a trampoline and a 15ftx5ft artificial pool with colourful toy boats.

Dhanbad-based Uday Nishad, who was responsible for setting up the amusement zone, said it was the first time an artificial pool was set up inside a park.

"The pool is 15ftx15ft long and 3ft deep. There are five toy boats that can be driven easily by children. It is a very innovative concept and children are equally excited," said Uday.

He added, "Children between four and 10 years of age are allowed to use the facility. Each child is being charged Rs 30."

With most of the schools closed for winter holidays, large number of children were seen flocking the amusement zone on Wednesday and cajoling their parents to allow them to use the facility.

"I thoroughly enjoyed boating here and look forward to come again with my parents," said Ansh Raj, a preparatory schoolkid.

According to Uday, talks are on with the municipal corporation to make the amusement zone a permanent set up inside the park.

"We will be more than happy to continue the facility inside the park, provided we continue getting a good response," he said.

Municipal corporation chairperson Anjali Kumari said they would discuss the proposal in the next board meeting to be held in January last week.

"We have to first discuss the matter with board members, only then we can take a decision. Though we are definitely in favour of the amusement zone," said Anjali.


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