Jilani Park (formerly known as Race Course Park) is located in the city of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It is on the Jail Road in front of famous Services Hospital. It is famous for its floral exhibitions and artificial waterfall. Annual horse racing competitions are held in this park. Lahore Race Club racecourse was initially at Jail Road, Lahore, the current site of Jilani Park. In 1976, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's government asked the club to move its races away from the Jail Road course, but it remained there until 1980, when it was compelled to leave. Race Course Park was inaugurated by Lt General Ghulam Jilani Khan at that time Governor Punjab on 3rd October, 1985.
Address: Jail Road, Lahore, Pakistan .
Officials: There is one security officer and one sanitary supervisor and 65 security guard and 117 gardeners working for this park.
Area: This park covers 88 acres and 6 canals containing two cricket grounds, 5 canteens, gym and fitness centers, a study hall, a beautiful lake, small open areas, walking and jogging tracks and a lot of trees, flowers and shrubs.
Walkway and Jogging track: The length of walkway of hard tiles is 5.5 km while jogging track is completely made of clay and its length is approximately 2.75 km and it is one of the larger jogging tracks in Asia which is made up of pure mud and clay only clay. And its maintenance is done properly and is watered 3 times a day, in morning, evening and at night.
Landscaping: The style of landscaping in the park is of Japanese nature. Japanese landscape design reflects the pure beauty of nature. There are about 80000 plants & flowers planted in a small area of 6 canals. Some of the plants and trees are also imported from the foreign countries. About 200 types of trees and the shrubs are imported which are very rare and expensive.
Artificial Hill: An artificial hill is made behind the lake. Hill is decorated with the different types of plants and stairs made up of stones are also provided which gives a different look to the hill. The Hill has two tops and between these two tops a beautiful clock is formed.
Lake: A very attractive and a beautiful lake is provided within the park which has a shape like the map of Pakistan. Lake can be used for boating.
Activities for All: Children swings, cradles and slides are installed at different places in the park. Gent’s gymnasium is located behind the lake, which is fully equipped with the fitness and exercising machines. A Fitness Centre for women is also provided, for the security and the privacy of women, the Fitness Centre for women is totally covered from all the sides. Where women feel free, comfort and ease for exercise. A Training Centre is also provided for this purpose where training is given for fitness and health to the new youngsters coming to the gym. A very beautiful study hall is provided in the park. Different Islamic and general books are provided for the readers and also different kind of newspapers are placed there on daily bases which link the readers with whole the world. For the religious activities and a very beautiful Mosque is also provided in the park.
Nation of Sep 29, 2009 – Don't modify Race Course Park layout, LHC asks PHA: The Lahore High Court on Monday restrained Parks and Horticulture Authority from making any kind of modification in the construction and layout of Race Course Park besides issuing contempt of court notice to Director General PHA for failing to abide by courts earlier order about opening of parks gates.
Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed passed this order while hearing a petition filed by a local lawyer Shafqat Mehmood Chohan pleading that the PHA had decided to construct a mini golf course in the area of Gate No 3, which has now been closed for visitors.
On Monday, Director General PHA Raheel Ahmad Siddiqui appeared before the court and told it that PHA was not going to construct a modern mini golf course at Race Course Park.
The court inquired him that why gates were not opened despite courts order couple of months ago. No change was made in the lay-out of park over 25 years but what had happened then that rapid changes were being made in park that were destroying its beauty. DG could not give a satisfactory answer to the court that in return served a contempt notice to him.
Petitioner Chohan argued that parking area that was located at Gate No-3 had been shifted to Gate No-1 of the park.
He pointed out that the golf course was being constructed to facilitate the children of bureaucrats living in GOR-1 while a large number of visiting children were being deprived of different types of swings installed in the park.
He requested the court to restrain PHA from constructing the golf club and protect beautification of the park that was a visiting place for thousands of people.
Dawn of April 21, 2012 – Photo Show Opens at Racecourse: Organised by the Media Foundation in collaboration with the Lahore Photojournalists Association, the exhibition titled ‘End polio’ is sponsored by Unicef. Main focus of the event is to sensitise photojournalists about importance of the campaign against polio.
At least 35 photographers from all over the province took part in the competition with 1,200 photos. Of these 150 were short-listed for the competition and 50 were selected for the exhibition.
Four Lahore-based photographers won the competition. Freelance photographer Shafiq Malik won the first prize of Rs100,000, Azhar Hussain Jafri of Dawn won the second prize of Rs75,000 and Waseem Niaz and Shahbaz Malik of the Daily Express shared the third prize of Rs25,000 each. The winners were also awarded certificates.
Cradles for Children in Jilani Park (Race Course Park) :
Canteen and Cafeteria in Jilani Park (Race Course Park):
Lake in Jilani Park (Race Course Park):
Artificial Hill in Jilani Park (Race Course Park):
Parking in Jilani Park (Race Course Park):
Cricket Grounds in Jilani Park (Race Course Park):
Gym for Gents in Jilani Park (Race Course Park):
Ladies Fitness Centre in Jilani Park (Race Course Park):
Training Centre in Jilani Park (Race Course Park):
Study Hall in Jilani Park (Race Course Park):
Mosque in Jilani Park (Race Course Park):
Waterfall in Jilani Park (Race Course Park):
Flower Show in Jilani Park (Race Course Park):
Sitting on a Race Course Park bench Courtesy Faraz Haroon Blog:
Today with nothing better to do I decided to walk again. I had a rough idea that I wanted to go to the park on Jail road. That park is known as Race Course Park but the sign at the entrance said Jilani Park (possibly another example of the Lyallpur/Faisalabad syndrome). The walk from FC College was good and the new footpaths on both sides of the canal are great for pedestrians. I had the chance to use the overhead pedestrian bridges which are very well designed as you can get off at 4 different places as you cross the canal (hard to explain but trust me well designed).
The park itself was really well managed. There was hardly any litter at all. The grounds were extremely well kept and some really beautiful flowers were on display. There was lots of park staff on hand. They could be found at every 100 feet or so it felt; charged with the duty to keep small children from picking flowers and also probably to keep young couples from showing too much affection. It’s good that the park authorities seem to let couples meet, greet and frolic without interference. Hiring so many people is a good way to give unskilled people jobs and at the same time keep the park safe and clean for the general public. I had a thought that a great way to develop a city would be to tax the rich and use that money towards public works which employ the unskilled poor. That would be a great way to redistribute wealth and get something for it at the same time (i.e more clean parks). A win a win situation except maybe for the rich
The weather was superb. Sunny but not hot and a nice breeze. I was quite impressed to be honest. We like to refer to the ‘awam’ (public) of Pakistan as being ‘jahil’ (wild) but the people I saw at the park seemed very un – jahil. There was young families there with the kids having picnics. Saw two old aunties sitting on a park bench talking. The odd love-bird couple dotted here and there under trees. Someone talking macro shot of flowers with a SLR camera. A proper cricket match being played on one of the pitches with all the players in the white cricket uniforms. One young man doing his homework or some sort of assignment. And of course there were groups of young men enjoying the sun also. The occasional jogger could also be seen. I didn’t realize how big the jogging track was until I looked on Google maps. Will have to have to try going on jogging on it. I think just one round of that track would be enough for me as it goes around the whole of the park.
On the north side of the park I saw through the fence dividing the park from the Lahore Polo Club horses and their (jockies?) practicing polo. I think Lahore Polo Club must be quite an uppity kind of place as for the five minutes of so that I was standing watching the horses I saw a Mercedes CLK, a Mercedes G wagon and a Bentley (which I think was a Continental Flying Spur as it had four doors). That is the second Bentley I’ve seen in Lahore. The other was a black two door Bentley GT I saw on MM Alam Road. But anyway, yeah the horses looked nice but naturally I ended noticing the cars much more.
On the way back I was thinking to stop for tea and something to eat at the small restaurant inside Nairang Art Gallery but decided against it as I remembered that I still had some of the chop suey I made in the fridge. On a complete side note, I would like throw out this piece of advice: Do not add carrot achar into a vegetable chop suey by way of trying to spice it up and give it a “desi touch”. That desi touch ends up becoming a desi shove as the achar ends up taking over the whole chop suey. Even though I didn’t add that much achar it over powers the subtle flavors of the Mama Sita sauce without any difficulty. So what you end up with is an achari chop suey.