Hill Park Karachi
Hill Park (Urdu: باغ کوہ ) is situated on a hilltop surrounded by a residential area known as PECHS neighborhood of Jamshed Town in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
. The park is spread over of 62 acres of this only 25% area has been developed as park. It has many amusement spots, fast food centers, restaurants, an artificial lake and other facilities. Each day people from all parts of the city, especially families, visit this park. Hilltop, where you can get the birds-eye view of the city. This place was considered as the highest point of the city few years back, but with the development multi-story building everywhere, not anymore.
Osman Issa Bhai Memon Road, Karachi, Pakistan
The ticket for entry into Hill Park by car is just Rs10 while pedestrians are allowed inside free of charge.
- Amusement Park
- Swimming Pool
- Fast Food Centers
- Mini Golf Course
- Artificial Lake
- Jogging Track
The Administration of Ayub Khan approved Hill Park in the mid-1960s as there were not many recreational spots around the city during those days. Due to the location and structure of the hill in the midst of the PECHS Society, the authorities decided to build a park over there. The construction work started in 1965. And there was a small notice board, which read in Urdu: Yahan hill park baney ga - Hill park will be constructed here.
During the 1960s, before the Hill Park was developed, people from all over the city showed up, particularly students from local colleges and universities. In 1969 when the construction work completed, the park became lively and active. It turned into a picnic spot where people could spend some time to relax and enjoy the company of their friends and families. On Saturday and Sunday evenings the hill park swarmed with families. During the early days the park was also used for filming by the Television and film industry. Local businessmen also used it in the late evenings as a relaxation spot after a hectic days work. When the park first opened, there was artificial lake in the middle of the park with ducks swimming in it. The site was a major attraction for the children who spent time at the Hill Park during the 1960s. There was also an old movie projector that played classic Pakistan
i movies, for which you'd get your seats under a sea of sparkling stars. This was all during the Pre-VCR age when there was not much entertainment around the city, however this projector was closed in 1980s and its building is currently in a bad condition that shows memories of good days when people come to entertained themselves. Later with the passage of time, Meiraj Amusement Park developed in the eastern corner and Shezan Restaurant in the west. And then someone opened a fitness center and a karate school behind the Mairaj Amusement park in 1973-74.
In the early 90s, Hill Park saw the addition of one more park named "Ali Baba Theme Park", fast food centers and recently opened restaurants like the Oasis. 3 Coins is one of the most popular restaurants at the moment. Despite the fact that today’s Hill Park has changed and has become a crowded spot, this fabulous park had been built in such a manner that one could still find the same calm and peaceful atmosphere of yesterday. It is a popular place for couples to meet up discretely.
In 2006, a group of young people started meeting in Hill Park every two weeks, reading excerpts, from writings, playing music, reciting poetry and most of all discussing and putting views and ideas across in a public setting. The group was fluid in that a different set of people attended every time, with some regular entities. Topics ranged from literature, digital arts, and politics to gender and development and art projects in the city. This was the Hill Park Group and lasted for about two years. It was a conscious city wide trend to increase cultural interaction with 'others' in public spaces. Since then other groups have spawned. The email list is still active in announcing cultural events.
The News of Feb 3, 2013 – KMC Spending Rs120m on Beautification of Hill Park :
The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has said that it has been spending over Rs120 million on reconstruction and upgrading of Hill Park as improvement and beautification of the city’s major park is being carried out on such a large scale after the year 1965.
During a visit of the under-construction park on Saturday, the KMC Chief Officer Matanat Ali Khan told notables of the area that 13 electrical towers had been installed to provide mass lighting system in the Hill Park to make every portion of the park equally illuminated during the night-time.
He said that the lake, fountains, waterfall, pathways, internal roads, jogging track, and other amenities of the park were either being improved, upgraded, or reconstructed.
The KMC chief officer said that the construction contracts for building a swimming pool and mini golf course would be awarded anew so that these recreational facilities at Hill Park would be constructed in the best manner. He said that the empty space of Hill Park would be filled by planting tall trees.
He said that the eminent persons of the areas would cooperate with the KMC for constructing eight bathrooms in different locations of the park. A special viewpoint would be constructed at the park to provide a panoramic bird’s eye view of the city.
A new pumping station is being constructed for fulfilling water needs of the Hill Park while all water lines of the park are being replaced. The car parking area of the park is also being re-carpeted.