Tourist canvasses patronage of parks, gardens to reduce stress
October 19, 2012 11:06
Abuja, Oct. 19, 2012 (NAN) Mr Johnson Layi, a stakeholder in the tourism industry on Friday canvassed patronage of park, gardens and other recreation centres to reduce stress.
Layi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja that varieties of leisure and amusement activities for relaxation, pleasure and enjoyment could also heal some ailments.
He said that there were parks and recreation centres that could serve as avenues for enjoyment and to receive fresh breath.
``There are so many experiences you can have at the recreation parks; they provide avenues for adventure where you stay in a place known as ``home away from home”.
According to him, park and recreation centres provide the opportunity for fun seekers to relax and recreate thereby ensuring healthy lifestyles.
``I had high blood pressure some years ago but any time I visited the parks and recreation centres within FCT I felt relieved and strong.
``I believe there is a great fountain of healing in the parks,” he said.
Layi urged the director, parks and recreation department of the FCT to publicise all the parks and recreation centres available for people to know and patronise.
NAN reports that the information from parks and recreation department of the Abuja Municipal Council shows that there are several parks and recreation centres in the FCT.
They include the green areas and open spaces in the FCT, which were categorised into Neighbourhood Park, District Park and City Park.
Neighbourhood parks are situated within residential areas and are within walking distance of most houses.
Some of such parks include Quality Link Park, Garki, ECOWAS Park, Asokoro and Mediteranean Park, Asokoro.
City Parks are the largest parks both in terms of size and variety of parks features.
City Parks can be accessed through vehicular means and are equipped with adequate parking facilities.
They include Millenium Park, Asokoro; Jabi Lake, Jabi District; National Memorial Arcade, Central Area; and Wonderland Amusement Park, Kukwaba. (NAN)