Joggers Park – The hotspot for fitness freaksLandmarks — By Kadambari on February 28, 2011 at 5:32 PM
Gone are the days when parks served as a den for love birds or a shady haven for tired travellers. Today, these parks have gained a new image and importance in the eyes of Punekars. Over the past few years, gardens have become one of the best and economical places to carry out the exercise routine.
The lush greenery, fresh air, chirping of birds and an open sky serves as a great ambience to work out. So wear your shoes and jog along the path of fitness. We at the Punekar, list out few popular parks.
Gool Poonawala Garden, Salisbury Park
Gool Poonawala Garden at Salisbury Park is one of the prominent joggers park in Pune. Located in a pristine location, the park offers a tranquil atmosphere to spend time in mornings and evenings. Apart from the residents, there are a large number of people who walk in to refresh their mind,body and soul.
Located in Koregaon Park, Osho Park is a sheer bliss from the madcap city life. Also known as the ‘Nalla Park’, it has been a regular joint for visitors who come here daily to workout amidst the greenery. The park is open throughout the day but mornings are the best time, when you can join other fitness freaks and enjoy the Zen like ambience and picturesque landscape.
Shahu Modak Udyan, Koregaon Park
Located at the south main road, Shahu Modak Udyan is small but a decent garden that allows likeminded people to come together and exercise. Yoga and laughter yoga are regularly conducted here by the ‘Chaitanya hasya mandal’ for free of cost. It has become a second home for many citizens who cannot do without visiting this garden.
Nana – Nani Park, Empress Garden
Elderly group of people simply love to spend their time at serene gardens. Considering them, the Empress Garden has come up with Nana Nani Park with special amenities for this age bracket. It has a well designed track for those using wheel chair. For the ardent readers, the garden has come up with a library and play area which houses games like cards, chess, carom etc. This park is open to people who are above the age of 65. However, visitors below this age group can enjoy these facilities at a nominal cost.
Over the years, this park has gained much popularity and has been a popular spot for people residing in and around Kalyani Nagar. They charge a nominal entrance fee, which helps them carry out the maintenance work. Jog, walk, exercise or simply choose to sit, this park is serene and a perfect place to spend the mornings. As you walk out, sip in some fresh vegetable and fruit juices at the small counters put up right outside the park.
There are several such small and big gardens in every nook and corner of Pune. Not only do they offer a great venue for workouts but are also great for some introspection. Take your pick!