Dubai Municipality sets up first AED15mn smart park in Al Barsha
The General Projects Department of Dubai Municipality has completed the construction of Al Barsha South Park, which is considered to be the first smart park in Dubai, applied with modern sustainable technologies.
The project, constructed at a cost of AED15mn, is part of the efforts and strategy of Dubai Municipality to provide the residential areas of the city with parks to keep up with the urban expansion witnessed by the emirate.
Eng Marwan Al Mohammed, director of General Projects Department, said: “The park was designed taking into consideration all the standards of sustainability and quality that are the basis of the design of parks, in addition to taking into account the category of the People of Determination in terms of choosing the appropriate games and ease of movement as well as the safety factor.
“The main entrance of the park includes a service building, which has toilets for males, females and the People of Determination. The park’s areas that are linked by pedestrian paths of various types, has shaded wooden seating and signboards. The visitors and jogging lovers can practice their sports hobbies on the 800m long, 2.5m wide exterior jogging track around the park, equipped with fitness equipment.”
He also added: “In addition, there is a bicycle track for children inside the park wall, as well as two areas with children’s games for ages ranging from 2 to 12 years old with sunshades and rubber flooring for the protection of children in case of falling, also taking into account the games dedicated to the People of Determination. For the protection of children within the park, a fence was created to separate the adult sports area from the family section.”
Eng. Fatima Al Muhairi, head of Horticulture and Beautification Projects, said that the 150 shaded parking spaces are installed with solar panels, which have a production capacity of more than 260 MW/hour of electricity per year. She confirmed that for the first time in Dubai, the solar system, connected to the DEWA network, has been provided with a self-cleaning system, which increases the efficiency of power generation.
Al Muhairi added: “The energy generated from these panels is used in the operation of the lighting systems in the park, the irrigation system and electrical loads in the service buildings in the park. For the first time, Dubai Municipality has experimented with a smart control panel for the outdoor lighting systems of the park, adding a new look to the park, increasing the efficiency of lighting systems and contributing to the safety of the park visitors.”