Ratna Park to reopen on New Year’s dayRatna Park is set to be reopened for the public on April 14, the New Year day of 2072 BS, officials at the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) said.
The park is being renovated for the past six months as part of the city beautification project initiated ahead of the Saarc Summit and the work is expected to be completed in the next two months. The metropolis has invested Rs 8 million for the renovation.
The park which is popular as relaxing spot for the public was in a sorry state owing to mismanagement. In recent years, the park also earned notoriety as a bargaining place for prostitutes.
According to KMC officials, they are planning to charge Rs 25 for the general public and Rs 10 for students to enter the renovated park, which will boast upgraded infrastructures, including drinking water taps, new footpaths and garden sheds. KMC authorities said the amount raised from entry tickets will be used for its regular maintenance. “We have almost completed the ongoing renovation. The only thing we need is water for ponds where we plan to keep various colourful fishes,” said Rabin Man Shrestha, Environment Division chief at the KMC.
The metropolis is also going to decorate the park with over 200 flower vases and mobilise 15 employees for security and cleanliness. “We are also constructing a disable and children friendly toilet in the park,” Shrestha said, adding that the park will be a safe place for relaxation and no illegal activity will take place there. The KMC has already constructed a 10 feet tall concrete wall around the park that spreads over four ropanis of land.
This historic park named after Queen Ratna, the second wife of King Mahendra, was established especially for children four decade ago.