() is the largest park in Mumbai
. It is situated in the Dadar
area of Mumbai. Like the Azad Maidan
and August Kranti Maidan
(formerly Gowalia Tank Grounds), it is of historical and cultural value because of the political and social gatherings it has witnessed, both in pre- and post-independence Mumbai.
The ground is flanked around its edge by a katta
, which is a popular hangout for young and old Mumbaikars
alike. On a typical weekend evening it is difficult to get a place to sit on the katta.
The walkway around the perimeter is crowded with people taking walks. The inner circumference of the park is .
in area, the ground is busy with young cricket players. Various attractions are spread over the grounds, including the Samarth Vyayam Mandir
(gymnasium), Shivaji Park Nagarik Sangh (established in 1947), Shivaji Park Gymkhana (club), Children's Park, Nana-Nani Park (Grandpa and Grandma park), Scout's Pavilion (which is a popular venue for marriages), Udhyan Ganesh Mandir (Ganesh
temple), The Bengal Club and a library. The walkway is lined with huge rain trees
The most prominent entrance to the park is the one on the east side, intended only for pedestrians. A bust of Meenatai Thackeray, late wife of Shiv Sena
leader Bal Thackeray
, has been placed at this entrance. Previously a bust of Ram Ganesh Gadkari
was present at the same spot.
The park is named after the legendary 17th century warrior king of the region, Chhatrapati Shivaji
. The park was... Read More