A Diamond In The Rough

F-6_playGround.jpgA few days back, on one of my midnight walks in the streets of the capital. I saw this diamond in the rough lying right in the heart of Islamabad near F-6 super market. Yes this is a picture of a play ground in Islamabad not some western european welfare state. The facility has two tennis courts, a hockey ground, and a basketball field. It used be an old rugged playground that hardly had any grass, and where children from the nearby F-6 slum across the road used to play cricket. Now we see a world class facility for the citizens. Another%20view.jpgThe area is still under construction and would take a while to complete, but I hope there are more playgrounds such as these being developed in and around Islamabad because our youth is in serious needs of sports facilities.

11 Comments so far

  1. V (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 2:10 am

    This place looks absolutely fabulous!


  2. phil (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 3:44 am

    Fucking NICE!


  3. binary-zero (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 8:40 am

    ah my love basketball :( i never found good one in Lahore…and i believe in every sector different kind of sports ground are being prepared. Atleast i have seen 3/4 of them.


  4. phil (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 11:45 am

    They do have these sort of things on a subsector level to some extent. The quality however is very varying. This court seems out of this world. I will proudly say, projects like these are only feasible in Islamabad, on a city level.

    Its not like kay only our DHAs and Cantt. residence areas are good, the entire city is getting a facelift. Yaaay to Kamran Lashari!


  5. Nosheen (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 12:09 pm

    i wonder special effort for girls can also be made as i am extremely fond of playing basket ball.i recall that was the one sport in school that i was so obsessed about but latter in my college there was no basket ball sport available only tennis, wally ball kind ofthing (don’y know exctly)but i reallly miss playing basket ball.iwish i can do that again.


  6. phil (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 2:01 pm

    Nosheen, I am sure if you make an effort to the court with your own basket ball, you will get a chance. Slowly try to prove yourself, and I am sure the males there will give you a chance to play. Its all about confidence, and the confidence in have confidence. Other than that you can gather a small group of friends and head on to the court and ask people playing there to give you some court time because its all about sharing and caring! Somethings that I use for my footie practice. I am sure, we are not [a community] affluent enough to have walled, roofed playing areas for women now.


  7. sdfwedf (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 4:42 pm

    nice


  8. Omer Farooq (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 1:54 am

    I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw those fiber glass boards for basketball!!!


  9. Shar Pasad (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

    >
    > It used be an old rugged playground that hardly
    > had any grass, and where children from the
    > nearby F-6 slum across the road used to play
    > cricket.
    >

    so where do these “children from the nearby F-6 slum” play cricket *now* ?


  10. sarmad (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 7:50 pm

    it actually looks really good … i didn’t know there was a park this amazing in Pakistan … i’ve got to come to Islamabad and play in that basketball court …


  11. sarmad (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

    it actually looks really good … i didn’t know there was a park this amazing in Pakistan … i’ve got to come to Islamabad and play in that basketball court …



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