Iqbal Park

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Iqbal Park
اقبال پارک
Minar-e-Pakistan at night Taken on July 20 2005.jpg
Location within Lahore
TypeRecreation and wildlife park
LocationLahore, Pakistan
Coordinates31°35′33″N 74°18′34″E / 31.5925°N 74.3095°E / 31.5925; 74.3095Coordinates: 31°35′33″N 74°18′34″E / 31.5925°N 74.3095°E / 31.5925; 74.3095
Area328.901 acres (133.102 ha)[1]
Createdc.1968

Iqbal Park (Urdu: اقبال پارک‎), formerly Minto Park, is an urban park; after renovation and expansion its name is Greater Iqbal Park located in the outskirts of the Walled City in Lahore, Pakistan.[2][3] Noted as the home of Minar-e-Pakistan, the 125-acre park includes an artificial lake which spreads over four acres which includes an 800-feet-long musical fountain. Other attractions includes a soft rail, library, an open-air gym and a food court. The tombs of Allama Iqbal and Hafeez Jalandhari are also located in the park.[4]

Renovation and Expansion Along with renovation of the Minar-i-Pakistan (Pakistan Resolution Movement), the project features expansion of the Iqbal Park by including it in the stretch of Circular Road between the park and Lahore Fort. The 125 acre green oasis is surrounded almost entirely by the old city of Lahore.

The project was started on October 10, 2015 and was completed on November 9, 2016 incurring a total cost of PKR 981 million as quoted by the contractor of the project. The construction project was awarded to Habib Construction Services which is one of the largest construction companies of Pakistan and have worked on several other mega projects previously. Also history museum and an outdoor amphitheater are under construction inside the park premises.

Expansion Statistics:

Location Lahore
Construction Cost PKR 981 Million
Client Parks and Horticulture Authority
Ownership PHA, Government of Punjab
Contractor Habib Construction Services Limited

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Zafar Iqbal. "Bury the hatchet". gulftoday.ae. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Greater Iqbal Park to open for public on August 14". Express Tribune. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif formally inaugurates Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore". DAWN.COM. 17 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif formally inaugurates Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore". DAWN.COM. 17 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016.