The Jogeshwari neighbourhood of Mumbai has now unveiled a new garden which is the first of its kind in Mumbai. Shilpagram is now an inclusive garden which will feature a common play area for the specially or differently-abled. The garden will be unveiled tomorrow after it was revamped with the help of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or the BMC. Here are all the details that you need to know about this inclusive garden in Mumbai which is unique and groundbreaking.
Jogeshwari Gets 1st Inclusive Garden In Mumbai
Jogeshwari’s Shilpagram now an inclusive garden — first of its kind in Mumbai https://t.co/P6b69hbrQE
— Anna Thomas (@drthomasa) November 7, 2023
This particular garden is all set to be inaugurated tomorrow by Mangal Prabhat Lodha who is the Suburban Guardian Minister. It is located inside the very famous Matoshree Meenatai Thakre Garden in the Jogeshwari neighbourhood of the financial capital of the country. It is also popularly known as Shilpagram and is a popular recreational space in the neighbourhood.
The project was a public-private partnership or a PPP and a joint initiative of the Prayas Trust by L&T and Project Mumbai, an NGO. The initiative converted a part of the garden into a space that is friendly for the physically challenged as well as able-bodied people. In addition to the play area, accessible ramps, railings, braille signposts, special flooring and even special swings have been installed.
It is important to note that this is not the first recreational space for the differently abled. There are a couple of gardens in Mumbai near Byculla and Bandra that are solely dedicated to the physically challenged. However, according to an article recently published by The Indian Express, those gardens are strictly secluded for them Shilpagram will be the first garden in the city which will have a common play area for all.
About The Matoshree Meenatai Thakre Garden
Good Morniiiing Mumbaaii. Here’s a glimpse of Matoshree Meenatai Thakre Shilpgram. A unique garden in Mumbai at Poonam Nagar Jogeshwari East, showing sculptures of folk dances in India’s rich cultural heritage. A place must visited. pic.twitter.com/nuiDqpMvtZ
— Ward KE BMC (@mybmcWardKE) October 4, 2019
The Matoshree Meenatai Thakre Garden is a popular recreational space in the neighbourhood of Jogeshwari. It is a sprawling 55,000 square metres of lush greenery and houses various facilities that make it a pleasant place to spend time in. In addition to play areas for children, there is also space to walk around or jog.
The park also features exhibits showcasing the unique cultural dances of India. The space is educational as well as an ode to the rich heritage of India. Statues frozen mid-performance of Bharatnatyam, Bhangra, and other cultural dances dot this area of the garden. Though the garden is old, its revamping is sure to attract more visitors than ever.
This time, differently-abled visitors can also enjoy the park due to the inclusive facilities that are now a part of Jodeshwari’s Shilpagram.
Have you ever visited this garden? Would you like to if given the opportunity? Let us know in the comments section below!
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