Bagh Ibne Qasim (meaning Garden of son of Qasim) is a beachside park in Karachi, Pakistan. The park is located near the Clifton beach and is Karachi's largest urban park, covering 130 acres (0.53 km2) and visited by over 10 million people each year.
The park has a turtle pond, murals of dinosaurs, 24 washrooms, 20 stone canopies and a large rose garden. It overlooks the 90 meter Port Fountain of Karachi Port Trust (KPT). The park's name commemorates the 8th century Arab conqueror, Muhammad Bin Qasim of the Ummayad empire.
Events that have taken place in the park include the Sindh Festival 2014. Ibn-e-Qasim Park is one of the biggest park of the country. Surrounded famous Jahangir Kothari Parade. Park is recently developed, but design is pretty much similar to the Parade, looks like the part of the park.
Although, there are not much things to do there, but they have well managed nursery, with cool sea-breeze, kind of ideal environment to be relaxed. Plus there are plenty of other options surrounded.
The park was ceremonially opened by then President Pervez Musharraf on February 27, 2007. It was created by the Clifton Beach Development Project on the location of the former Toyland Theme Park at a cost of PKR 600 million. Many large public gatherings and events are frequently held here due to its huge size of park grounds, for example the centennial celebrations for the renownedPakistani poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz in November 2011.
Location: Block 3, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan . This park overlooks the 90 meter Port Fountain of Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and thus adds to the beauty of the Clifton area.
Inauguration: Bagh Ibne Qasim was inaugurated by President Pervez Musharraf on February 27, 2007.
Construction: Bagh Ibne Qasim was made with PKR 600 million and was completed in 300 working days. Prior to the initiation of construction on Bagh-e-Ibne Qasim, 73 acres (300,000 m2) of land was freed from the grip of land grabbers. The entire Clifton beach, and the area now covered under the park.
Maintenance: In June 2005, Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan took it upon himself to restore this major historical entertainment area to its original splendor. City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal also played a part in gifting the Jehangir Kothari Parade back to the people of Karachi.
Attractions & Facilities:
- Turtle Pond.
- Unique Rose Saplings hundreds of thousands of which have been planted throughout the park.
- Fast Food outlets able to accommodate 500 persons at a time and souvenir shops.
- Various murals of dinosaurs that are extremely huge and amusement park and play land for children have been placed in the park.
- Jehangir Kothari Parade is a promenade (a place for strolling) built on land bequeathed by Seth Jehangir Hormusji Kothari to the city of Karachi.
- Sri Ratneswar Mahadev Temple.
- The most striking part of the whole monument is the bandstand or cupola of pink Jodhpur stone. Built at the western part of the grand monument, it is defined by four tall pillars at each end, topped by carved motifs, while carved balustrade and podium walls add a unique charm to the structure.
- 24 state-of-the-art washrooms.
- June 1, 2006: City Nazim Mustafa Kamal said that Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim would be connected to the sea and the Kothari Parade platform, which used to be in the middle of the sea at the time of its construction, is now being extended and a similar platform will be constructed in the sea. Kamal also said that for the first time in the history of the city government, development work is being done in three shifts with officials present in every shift.
- Dec 4, 2012: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Administrator Hussain Syed has said that Clifton Beach Park and Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim were unique and directed to renovate them with seasonal plants and flowers and light up at nights.He directed to finalize the maintenance plan of Clifton Beach Park and Bagh- e-Ibn-e-Qasim as soon as possible so that maintenance work of these two parks would be done on constant basis.
- Dec 22, 2012: An exhibition featuring hundreds of chrysanthemums in full bloom opened at Bagh Ibne Qasim in Clifton on Saturday evening. It was after a decade that a chrysanthemum show was held in the city by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation. . Though a small-scale initiative, the exhibition holds attraction for nature lovers and for those looking for a quiet, cool evening amid flowers and fragrance. More than 60 local varieties of chrysanthemums, a species native to Asia and northeastern Europe, have been aesthetically displayed at the Jahangir Kothari Parade. Some of them are: double, singles, brush, pompons, sprays, reflexed, anemones, incurved, anthemon and buttons.
- Dec 23, 2012: People crowded the Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim in Clifton on Saturday to attend the first day of the Gul-e-Dawoodi floral exhibition organized by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC). Floral exhibition was being organized by the KMC after a gap of a decade. From next year, exhibition of flowers grown in different nurseries will be held regularly, whereas Gul-e-Dawoodi plants will be distributed among interested members of the public free of charge in the coming years. The Gul-e-Dawoodi exhibition features flowers of 72 different colours and classifications.
- March 20, 2013: A month long flowers exhibition held at Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim, Clifton by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), was inaugurated by the Administrator KMC Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi here. Addressing the inaugural, he directed the Director General Parks to start growing 450 types of Chrysanthemum (Gul-e-Dawoodi) flowers so that with the blossoming season a big exhibition could be arranged, said a statement.