GAM allocates JD44m for new, old parks

View from an Amman public park. (Photo: Twitter)
AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) designed a strategic plan to create 13 new parks and renovate 26 others, over the next five years, said the city director for health and agricultural affairs at GAM, Mervat Mhairat.اضافة اعلان

The plan, which will cost JD44 million, and will be implemented between 2022 and 2026, also entails carrying out the fourth and fifth stage of works at King Abdullah II park, and renovating King Abdullah I park in Wadi Saqra, Mhairat said.

Amman, she said, has 143 parks, four of which are major: Al-Hussein public parks, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah park, Al-Jubaiha park, and King Abdullah II park.

Mhairat told Jordan News that the municipality started applying the “safe garden” strategy in 2017, when more than 70 parks were renovated by increasing security and, in the case of 19 parks, installing electronic surveillance systems.

 She stressed the importance of gardens and green spaces in the city, and pointed out that citizens can check out the nearest park on the municipality website and, if they feel it is the case, submit complaints via GAM’s social media accounts or application.

She also pointed out that while many playgrounds in the parks may be accessed freely by citizens, some can be booked at nominal prices on the municipality website.

 According to Mhairat, five agricultural centers provide services to gardens; they are located in southern Amman, in Muqabalain, northern Amman, in Jubaiha, western Amman, in Tla’ a Al-Ali, central Amman, on

Prince Hussein Street, and East Amman, in Mahatta.

Abdallah Dreiat, a climate activist, complained about the poor urban planning that many Jordanian cities face, particularly the lack of vegetation.

“Back in the 1980s, there were much more green spaces in the city,” while now “Amman is like cement cubes”, he said.

Talking about the municipality’s plan to add more greenery to the city, he said: “This project, if planned and done correctly, will have a hugely positive effect on the climate and the city aesthetics.”

But he added “there are some points that need to be thought of, such as the fair distribution of the parks across Amman, and establishing urban forests after studying their environmental, social and economic effect.”

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