#1month1park: Barsha park. Dubai, UAE.

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Your backyard garden in the city

Al Barsha Pond Park is the closest park to where I live and is my favorite park to go to during the “Dubai winter” months (period stretching from mid November to end of February)

Even though it’s as grandiose as every other structure in Dubai, once you’re inside it feels as cozy as your backyard garden. Inside, you’ll find tennis courts, basketball courts, a volleyball court and a few ping-pong tables scattered here and there; and for the less adventurous ones there are a few fitness machines right before the start line of the running track. It’s almost like an outdoors gym!

 

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Over the weekend (Fridays and Saturdays here) the park becomes a place for families and friends to come together around a picnic lunch which often lasts until dusk. During that time, the park is overcrowded and not as pleasant to be in if you’re not part of the picnic mania. However, after 7 PM it’s a little calmer and, with the park’s lights turned on until 11 pm, you can go back to enjoy a quiet and relaxing evening on a bench overlooking the pond.

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Recently Al Barsha Pond Park initiated a night market concept called the Ripe Night Market. Vendors of organic fruits and veggies, raw foods, baked goods, new food concepts and artists and craftspeople all gather under an array of colorful lights to introduce and sell their products. The food selection is very wide so you are guaranteed to find something that satisfies your craving, from sushi to paella and burgers to parathas…picnic tables are set all over the grass area to use freely while savoring your dinner at the park.

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Who would have thought you could ever come across a lush green space like this, which is maintained and always green, right in the middle of these arid lands!

 

Al Barsha park. Dubai, UAE.

By Eva Badr

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#1month1park is Beirut Green Project’s latest blog section, where we will be featuring one park a month from across the globe. These blog posts are written by residents of cities around the world who enjoy using their parks and are eager to share their experiences with us.
The purpose of this activity is to showcase some of beautiful parks from around the globe, to get inspired by some of their unique features and solutions, and to highlight the significance and vital need for these spaces for a healthy city life.

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#1month1park: Parque Guápulo. Quito, Ecuador.

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A jungle in the city

Covering  almost 19.57 hectares of untouched green spaces, Parque Guápulo lies at about 30 minutes away  from the center of Quito.

It is  accessed from an entrance on a very narrow street, and, before you know it, a big jungle opens before your eyes and blows you away by its magnitude!

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Upon entering, you notice that the spaces inside are not really defined: no lines are drawn, no major human interventions are made. Apart from the sign posts which guide park  visitors, nature was left intact.

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There are very few benches, and most of the space is left to grow freely on its own. Wide undefined green areas give you the freedom to occupy the space as it pleases you, making the park very flexible and alive.

What we most like about it is how virgin it still is.

Parque Guapulo also has an observation deck where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city carved between the mountains. Its location under the cityscape of Quito,spread down below you , gives it a jungle-like feel in the middle of the city.

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The park also offers many activities like the observation deck, horse back riding, basketball courts, and children play areas.

Parque Guápulo. Quito, Ecuador.
By Elena Habre.

 

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#1month1park is Beirut Green Project’s latest blog section, where we will be featuring one park a month from across the globe. These blog posts are written by residents of cities around the world who enjoy using their parks and are eager to share their experiences with us.
The purpose of this activity is to showcase some of beautiful parks from around the globe, to get inspired by some of their unique features and solutions, and to highlight the significance and vital need for these spaces for a healthy city life.

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PrintCheck this space monthly as Beirut Green Project will be featuring one park a month from across the globe!
These blog posts are written by residents of cities around the world who enjoy using their parks and are eager to share their experiences with us.
The purpose of this activity is to showcase some of beautiful parks from around the globe, to get inspired by some of their unique features and solutions, and to highlight the significance and vital need for these spaces for a healthy city life.

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Let’s start the year on a positive page

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This is how we want to wish Beirut Green Project family, friends and supporters a happy new year. With a positive first page, and other hundreds like them. Positive Lebanon is a campaign created by Tamyras to celebrate all people who see the cup half full in Lebanon.
The project materialised with the launch of the Positive Lebanon book in December. It’s a guide to all positive initiatives happening around the country.

Let 2015 be the year where we get to know about all these change makers, these initiators, these daring souls who find the strength to look to the positive side even when it’s not always possible. Let’s embrace this positive way of life. It’s believing that only together we can build a positive Lebanon.

So grab the book, read it from cover to cover. Get to know the people featured. Let’s celebrate them, let’s talk about them whenever we have the chance, let’s give them a hand whenever we can and let’s support them whenever it’s possible.

We are honoured to be featured in this book. Find us between the inspiring pages!

Positive Lebanon is available in all bookstores around Lebanon, and for every copy sold, one copy will be donated to a public school or library across the country.

To follow Positive Lebanon: https://www.facebook.com/positivelebanon

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Sanayeh garden is now open!

The official opening of René Moawad Garden is this weekend! Head down to Hamra as of today to discover the newly rehabilitated garden by the Municipality of Beirut and Azadea foundation. It includes new greenery, outdoor tables, added and improved children play areas, an exhibition space, bike and running lanes, and of course the big historical fountain that now works!
There are two points that were noted by our team members that had room for improvement:
1) The play area doesn’t have any shade (and we’re entering June today with an average of 30degrees in the daytime!).
2) The access to the grass areas is through newly planted flower lanes, why not have small pedestrian blocks where we can walk instead of having to step on the soil trying to avoid the flowers?

Let’s enjoy and take care of this park!

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Beirut Green Guide: Exhibition and launch

Almost a month ago, on October 24th 2013, Beirut Green project officially launched the Beirut Green Guide at Tawlet, Mar Mkhayel. More than 80 people gathered for the exhibition and launch of the online version of Beirut’s first interactive map which highlights all public green spaces, giving an overview of each. This was the result of the efforts of more than a year of work in collaboration with WonderEight design studio, as part of their CSR program.

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Visitors were greeted by our Map ambassadors* who further explained the project and highlighted the importance of having such a map as a base for starting to improve the gardens that we have. If you haven’t had the chance to check out the exhibition, it is still ingoing at Tawlet until December 11th

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The Fundraiser
The exhibition was followed by a fundraising dinner during which 70 attendees met around Tawlet’s delicious dinner. We would like to thank each and every one of you who made it to the fundraiser. Thanks to you help, we raised 1,100$ which will directly go into funding the next phase: printing of the Beirut Green Guide and its distribution around Beirut. The event and the launch were successful and widely covered by local Press.
We would also like to take the chance to thank our generous sponsors for making the evening possible: 961 Beer, Ixsir Wine, Presella, Editing Printing and Radio Light FM.

You can check all the pictures and tag yourselves here!
on.fb.me/1bmgKYs

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Features
With the Beirut Green Guide, you can now browse the map from your computer or mobile, and check all 24 highlighted parks in Beirut, with directions to each one. Each garden has its own page with all the information you need to know about it, descriptions gathered by our team of landscape designers*** and pictures of the space, thanks to our team of talented photographers** who captured them.

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One of the main features of the map is the filter option where you can search Beirut’s public green spaces by its main components: Children’s play areas, source of Wi-Fi, pet friendly or existence of toilets. You can also submit new spaces we might have missed: all you have to do is turn on the GPS on your phone and the location will be picked up.

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Next Steps

So, what is next for the Beirut Green Guide? We still have a lot to do! First off, we are looking into adding data to the map and gathering more information to make it even richer. We will be collaborating with different entities for that to happen. We would also like to hear from you how the map could serve you better! Drop us a line at beirutgreenproject@gmail.com to give us your feedback.

Both the ministry of tourism and Municipality of Beirut expressed openness to collaboration on the next steps for the Beirut Green Guide. The municipality will be helping in gathering more information to include in the map.

Once we have the information and the design of the printed map ready, we will print it and distribute it in Beirut. We are looking to partner up with distribution networks, newspapers, magazines, and venues such as hotels and restaurants. Our number#1 goal is to make this map available to the largest number of people possible!

Thank you for making that possible!

Stay tuned for the next steps of the Beirut Green Guide!

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* Our map ambassadors are Sara Obeid, Samia Boulad, Nabila Rahhal, Sara Sibai, Michel Boulad, and Celine Khayrallah.

** Photographers for the Beirut Green Guide are Nadim Kamel, Rayya Haddad and Karim Sakr.

*** Landscape designers for the Beirut Green Guide are Pamela Haydamouth, Laurent Ashkar and Karim Naja.

 

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Beirut Green Guide, the launch!

Friends of Beirut Green Project,

Back in January 2012, we organized a workshop and raised a question:
How can we bring awareness to the importance of having public green spaces in the city and to properly maintain them? 

The first step would be get to know them. From this, a simple idea was born.

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After a year and a half of brainstorming sessions, meetings, garden scouting and a wonderful collaboration with WonderEight, we are proud to launch

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Beirut Green Guide. Your local directory for all public parks in Beirut.
This interactive map is a directory highlighting all public parks in Beirut and giving an overview of each. 

The launch will be at Tawlet Souk el tayeb on October 24th 2013 from 6pm to 8pm.
http://www.facebook.com/events/168361816699445/

The exhibition will be followed by a fundraising dinner, to raise enough funds to print the Map and distribute it for free in 2014. Support the project by joining us!
Dinner Ticket price: 40$ with open buffet and drinks.
Buy your tickets here: http://presella.com/event/beirutgreenguide/
Or email us at beirutgreenproject@gmail.com to reserve yours now!

A raffle with prize items to be used in parks will take place during the dinner!
The raffle draw  will be at 9:30 pm.

Spread the word and let’s get to know Beirut’s public green spaces!

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Aux Amis de Beirut Green Project,

En janvier 2012, nous avons organisé un atelier et soulevé la question
suivante:

Comment faire pour développer les espaces verts de Beyrouth, faire
prendre conscience de leur nécessité et les maintenir dans un état
acceptable?

La première étape serait de les identifier.Une idée simple était née.

Un an et demi plus tard – période durant laquelle des réunions ont eu
lieu, des événements organisés dans les jardins et une merveilleuse
collaboration avec W8 – nous sommes
heureux d’annoncer le lancement du projet: Beirut Green Guide.
Il s’agit d’une carte interactive, un guide qui fait la lumière sur
l’ensemble des espaces verts publiques de Beyrouth et en donne une vue générale.

Le lancement de ce projet va avoir lieu le 24 Octobre à Tawlet.
http://www.facebook.com/events/168361816699445/permalink/168559116679715/

Rejoignez cette exposition qui aura lieu de 18h à 20h. Venez tester vos
connaissance au sujet des espaces verts de votre ville.

Notre projet se poursuivra, l’étape suivante sera d’imprimer et d’assurer
des points de distribution de cette carte dans Beyrouth pour qu’elle soit
accessible au plus grand nombre de gens possible.
Nous organisons un diner de levée de fonds à Tawlet apres l’exposition.

Prix du billet du diner: 40$, buffet et boissons assurés par Ixsir et 961 Beer.
Vous pouvez vous procurer les billets sur ce lien.
http://presella.com/event/beirutgreenguide/
Ou bien par mail à: beirutgreenproject@gmail.com 

Une tombola aura lieu durant le diner, le tirage au sort sera annoncé à 21h30!

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www.tawlet.com
00961 1 448129
Beirut, sector 79
naher street, Chalhoub building, n˚ 22 –
Ground floor  facing Spoiler Center

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