Let the children play!

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.

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