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Queen Rania visits new Al Mustanadeh Park

On Tuesday Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah was in Al Qweismeh to join members of the local community in marking the launch of the new Al Mustanadeh Park and community centre. This is one of five new Amman parks which have been built as part of an initiative stemming from the royal directive of Queen Rania’s husband, His Majesty King Abdullah II.

King Abdullah II created the ‘Safe Park’s Project’ as part of a broader programme focused on transforming Jordan’s public parks into family-friendly places and centres which can offer members of the community a broad range of services. In addition to the five new parks which have been built the programme also facilitated the rehabilitation of three existing parks in Amman and six in Zarqa Governorate.

The new Al Mustanadeh Park was built by the Greater Amman Municipality with administrative supervision provided by the Zaha Cultural Center. The new park space was conceived and designed with all members of the community in mind with easy access and facilities for people with disabilities and safe spaces and offerings for local children.

During her visit, Queen Rania was given a tour of the park from Rania Sbeih the Director of the Zaha Cultural Center and took time to stop and meet with visitors and community members as they explored the park, which spans four dunums (comparable to the size of four acres).

Zaha Cultural Center has played a central role in the parks project, overseeing the rehabilitation of existing parks on Ajloun and Irbid and expanding into new branches which have been established in Tafileh, Madaba, Irbid, Mafraq, Karak, Ruseifeh, and Deir Alla.

Ms Sbeih showed Her Majesty the park’s outdoor facilities which include playgrounds, a football field and an open green space which can be used for family picnics and outdoor community events. The visit also included a stop at the new community centre, which offers a programming to community members in academia, sport and culture.

Queen Rania’s visit concluded in the community centre’s Karameesh Room – where young children have the opportunity to engage in activities and learn through play – and the Think Room, where older children can experiment in and learn more about topics such as robotics, mental math and Photoshop.

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