Russeifa ecological park to be finished by end of year — official

A mockup of the Russeifa ecological park. (Photo: Ministry of Local Administration and Environment)
AMMAN — Ministry of Public Works and Housing spokesman Oroub Al-Abadi said that turning the phosphate hills, in Russeifa, into an ecological park is bound to create a “healthy, vibrant, and sustainable” recreational area that will “be a natural outlet for the residents of the area”.اضافة اعلان

According to Abbadi, more than 75 percent of the project has been completed, and work is underway at the site of the main plaza to obtain the supply and install the prefab sanitary units.

Abadi said the work was carried out at various locations of the park, as parts for electricity, water, and sewage systems started being delivered to the project.

He added that a preliminary study was conducted by Miyahuna to install two water meters in the garden, and that sewage collection tanks have been set up in the garden.

Works for the project included the removal of cement tiles and electric poles, installation of metal fences and gates, as well as tiling squares, corridors, sidewalks, agricultural basins, and seating areas.

Abbadi said that the project, which is going to serve residents of Rusaifa and of the surrounding areas, includes children’s play areas, water fountains, a basketball court, two playgrounds, stairs, umbrellas, garden furniture, parking lots, a service street, and wastewater collection tanks, in addition to a landscaped garden planted with trees and shrubs.

Included in the park will also be three sanitary units, three kiosks, and the electrical room, he added.

The project’s cost of about JD2.2 million is fully funded by the government, and is expected to be finished during the last quarter of this year.

Raouf Al-Dabbas, an expert in environmental management and renewable energy, told Jordan News that he was working as an advisor to the Minister of Environment when the study of the ecological park project began, in 2015, adding that the area was a health hazard, being covered by uranium-containing rocks, an issue that was overcome in the following years.

Dabbas said that the area, which is close to population centers, had to be rehabilitated to become a recreational area serving the citizens. He added that the project may be more effective if fitted with rainwater harvesting pools for use in irrigation.

Dabbas said that there are proposals to save the periodic expenses of electricity, water, and air conditioners by working on using renewable energy systems.

“It is necessary to have green spaces for the nearby community to enjoy recreation in a safe and qualified environment,” he said.

Firas Al-Qaddoumi, a resident of Russeifa, told Jordan News that the people of Russeifa are in great need of such projects, and that the residents of the area will save effort and money by enjoying this recreational space created in a healthy environment in a semi-isolated place that is never used.

Russeifa has a high concentration of population and is deprived of outlets worthy of families who are forced to travel long distances “to sit in a place and participate in the activities provided by such projects”, he said.

Abdul Rahman Khamayseh, also a Russeifa resident, said that only if an environment that protects the privacy of families is created will he visit the park when it opens.

Mahmoud Al-Biss, from Russeifa, echoed the feeling, saying that while “the idea of the project is excellent”, “it must be controlled to protect the privacy of families who visit it”.

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