The Ministry of Municipality and Environment is planning to turn old parks into smart ones with hi-tech facilities. It has already converted an Old Ghuwairiya Park into a smart one. Al Khor’s seven other parks will soon be converted with ‘smart park’ features.
Abdullah Ibrahim al Muhannadi, Head of Public Parks Department in Al Khor, said, “Modern sport facilities were added to seven parks in Al Khor and in Ghuwairiya Park. In addition, multi-function power providing hub for different devices has also been installed to serve park-goers.”
“We have installed power-saving LED solar lights at the parks to save electricity and a new irrigation system that is wirelessly connected to our central irrigational control room,” Muhannadi added.
The upgradation will also see sensor technology for washroom taps, special sunshades and rubberised flooring in playgrounds. Saied Rashidi, Central Municipal Council member, mentioned that the local residents were happy with the smart park concept.
“We praise everyone involved in the opening of such a modern park for us and welcome these efforts,” Rashidi said.
A few parks will see a delay in the inauguration due to budget constraints, but they are adopting alternative measures to tackle the issue and open the park at the earliest.
“We are making more green spaces for the public as another way of providing more areas for the families for recreational purposes,” he said.
The green spaces are to cover an area of more than 224000 sqm within the municipality’s plan.”We are studying another plan which is to urge residents in Al Khor region to make some plantations on their rooftops in a way to convert plain spaces into green ones,” Muhannadi said.