Support Petition for Neighborhood Parks in Bur Dubai
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Physical activity among children is on the decline, while obesity and depression are a growing concern for the generation of tomorrow. More and more children are getting addicted to gadgets and digital screens and hence confined indoors.
Our neighborhood is the residential cluster between Burjuman Mall and Al Ain Centre, popularly known as the Golden Sands area in Bur Dubai. Even though this area has more than 100 residential buildings, there is not a single garden or park in the community. It is very common to see children playing between cars in parking lots and on the side streets. Even adults that walk and jog along pavements in the early hours and late evenings run across uneven surfaces and dodge traffic.
Health is important, but Safety should always come first. Only recently there was a disturbing news report of a young boy who lost his life on being run down by a speeding vehicle while he was playing with friends near the street and ran to fetch a football that had rolled onto the road. This was most unfortunate!
Children should play in safe areas that are surrounded by a fence and located far from roads. They should not play in open areas located near pavements that pose a risk to their safety and well-being. A safe and protected environment to play is a basic facility that should be provided to every child and knowing that such facilities are available in the neighborhood will ease the anxiety that parents feel in restricting the free movement of children out of concern for their safety.
The Dubai Fitness Challenge is a wonderful initiative to increase the awareness of both young and old towards the importance of health and fitness. Community parks and children’s play areas will be the best possible initiative to ensure that the spark of health and fitness awareness ignited by the Dubai Fitness Challenge keeps burning bright and leads all of us towards a lasting healthy lifestyle.
Through this petition, we would like to bring this matter to the notice of the concerned authorities and request them to ponder seriously and take the necessary action to explore corrective steps including conversion of vacant and unused open spaces into safe playing areas for children.
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