The historic “Sultan Park” in capital Male, which was built on the southern side of the demolished grounds of a 16th century Royal Palace, has been rebranded and reopened as “Rasrani Bageecha”.
President Abdulla Yameen and First Lady Fathmath Ibrahim inaugurated the new park in a festive ceremony on Sunday night. They were joined by the Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Dr Mohamed Muizzu, Minister of Education Aishath Shiyam, and many other top officials of the government.
Fifty students from schools in Male also took part in the opening ceremony.
The renovation of the historic ground was overseen by Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF). The area had been closed off for over six months for construction work, and this was the first time the park was unveiled to the public.
The new developments in the park include a tree-house called ‘Rasrani View’ which includes classrooms, an art-deck with a view of the whole park, and conference rooms.
On the park grounds, there is now a green tunnel where visitors can observe the old royal site’s greenery whilst walking about, and a fountain has also been established.
According to the housing minister, the park will be freely accessible for all local citizens. However, foreigners will have to pay a fee to enter the park. The minister did not specify the amount.
Since there are still minor finishing details to be completed in the park, it will officially be open for the public next Friday, he added.
The park will be open from 6:00 a.m. till 12:00 a.m. on weekdays, and from 2:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. on Fridays.
Police officers will also offer security to the park round-the-clock, Dr Muizzu had said. Further, smoking and energy drinks are also banned in the new park.
He also assured that no trees were cut down to develop the park and that there are some 18,000 trees in the biggest park in the capital city now.
The historic ground was turned into a park in 1968 when the Maldives ended the sultanate and became a republic.
This is the first time since the park was opened that the name is being changed. “Rasrani” is a colloquial term for “kings and queens” in local Dhivehi language.
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