Kamla Nehru Park was constructed sometime in the early fifties (1951-52) over a 4 acre land at Erandawane, off Bhandarkar Road.
It was named after the wife of India's first Prime Minister, Shri Jawaharlal Nehru.
In 1953-4, the garden was further developed and an water fountain was also created.
This garden was later alloted to Lord Ray industrial museum ( Mahatma Phule Udyan ) used for botanical studies.
There were also playground facilities (slides,swings,carousels) provided for children.
The garden has a variety of flora like Ashoka,Mahogany,Eucylyptus,Peepal,Sandal,Palm,Guinesses, Coconut, Coniferous trees etc provided on a green patch of lawn with a pathway created around it. The garden also has flower varieties like Rose etc.
The Indian airforce has also put up there, an fuselage of a Marut-HF24 fighter plane on display.
Outside the park , the kids are also entertained with horse rides.
The garden also has a small temple for the religious, besides benches, lamposts provided all over the garden.
Timings for the park are 6-11 am and 4-8 pm.
Text and Photographs : Abhijit Rajadhyaksha