Does your child complain of being bored of playing in the same old swing or slide every weekend at the nearby park? Perhaps, children’s play area at the Yelwal Tree Park is the right place where you should plan your next trip along with your child.
Your child will certainly enjoy the visit, and be prepared, there are chances of your kid demanding frequent visits to the park. For, the park is specially designed for children to have fullest benefits of open space covered with lush greenery and with all the facilities to have a gala time. Moreover, the entry is free.
Aesthetically developed by the Forest Department at Yelwal, located around 15 kilometres from Mysuru, the Yelwal Tree Park is a lush green area across a sprawling 530 acres of land. The spot would soon be a weekend getaway for people wanting to breathe fresh air and enjoy the forest ambience.
The park has an exclusive children’s zone which is completely different from what one can find in other parks. The Forest Department has decided to make it unique by introducing more and more adventurous games to attract children. “Anyone can come here and have their dose of entertainment. The park and the children’s area is open to all at free of cost,” Chief Conservator of Forests, B M Parameshwar said.
The play area with historical Aloka Palace as its backdrop, has 10 adventurous games such as horizontal ladder, elephant walk, tunnel cross, tyre swing, balancing beam and mini zip-line to name a few.
It may be mentioned that Aloka Palace is a preferred movie shooting spot and many Kannada films have been shot there. The Forest Department, however, is pondering over converting the palace into a forest museum in the near future.
“I am very excited to be here. There are a lot of games to play. I have never tried such games at parks near my house,” a visibly happy Kavya, a class 5 student of Government Lower Primary School in Yelwal Hobli, told City Today. Similar to hers were expressions of all the students who enjoyed their day to the utmost at the park on Wednesday.
Besides children’s play area, the park is a haven to more than 60,000 plants and trees of different species including herbals and plants with medicinal value. The park already attracts more than 100 different species of birds and officials hope more species of birds could be spotted in the days to come.
The play area is not the only USP of the park. It has a about 10-kilometre-long trekking path amid lush greenery, pergolas on the way to rest, banyan trees, cycling path and a pond. The park also has a football ground, basketball court, amphitheatre and a volleyball ground has been planned in the future.
“The park is aimed at not only providing people with an opportunity to have a good time amidst nature, but also to create awareness about forest protection and conservation. Besides, childhood is the right age to teach about the importance of forests and trees for the survival of humans,” Deputy Conservator of Forest, V Karikalan said.