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The Ferris Wheel at Hill Park

Spread over 62 acres, Hill Park is one of Karachi’s largest parks and has been in existence for as long as most people can remember.

The park with a view… For decades, Hill Park has been attracting visitors from all over Karachi, who come to enjoy the open space, the hilly landscape and the ‘cooler’ breeze at the top of the hill. Before the construction of high rise buildings, Hill Park was one of the best places to get a bird’s eye view of Karachi.

Fun on the hill… Over the weekend, families visit the Park in droves to enjoy the recreational facilities and open air. Many visitors head down to the artificial lake for a picnic or to feed the geese and the ganders, as well as the fish in the lake.

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The view from the park

Old-school amusement… The main attraction for children is the old fashioned amusement park perched on top of the hill. Although small, it has all the qualifying requisites – from coin rides and candy floss to a haunted house and dodgem cars – and the all time favourite – the whirling tea cups. There is also a mini roller coaster that is quite thrilling; the Ferris wheel is a must try and affords some fabulous views from the top.

Green and quiet… During the week, Hill Park is more peaceful and appears even more removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. On such days, feeding the geese, taking a walk along the trails or lake, or just sitting amidst the greenery can be a relaxing activity.

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Around the hill…The residential area around the Park is referred to as the ‘Hill Park area’ but is, in actuality, Block 6, PECHS. One of the greatest advantages of living there, apart from the Park, is the easy access to the endless shopping and dining options that the nearby Bahadurabad and Tariq Road provide.

In a nutshell… Hill Park holds a special place in the hearts of residents who live nearby, as well as generations of Karachiites who come from all over the city to enjoy the open spaces, recreational facilities, views and the cool breeze at the top of the hill. 

– Manal Khan

Photos by Tahir Jamal/White Star

First published in the Real Estate Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on August 25, 2013.

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