The botanical garden, with more than 800 species of flora, draws a lot of schoolchildren. Professor and head of floriculture and landscaping department M Kannan said, "The park is almost 40 years old, and we felt that it was time we provided a facelift to it. A lot of children play in the park daily, and schoolchildren from across the city visit the botanical garden for excursions."
TNAU has spent more than Rs 5lakh and has set up a merry-go-round, different types of slides, butterfly swings, spring ducks and new park benches. "We have set up three types of slides and swings in the park," Kannan said. The park is open for public from 9am to 12noon, and from 2pm to 6pm.
"We will be laying paver blocks around the park to ease walking of parents who bring their kids to the park," said Kannan.
Keeping in mind the cleanliness of the environment, TNAU has set up new dustbins across the park. "We have planned to build a new toilet," said Kannan.
While the new equipment will enthuse the children, the park will also get a new lawn with colourful flowers. "We have chalked out a plan to have colourful flowers in the lawn. The flowers will be seasonal, and the lawn will bear a new colour every season," he said.
When asked about the details of the flowers, Kannan said university has sought approval for the same and will make the announcement soon. It took more than three months for the university to complete the renovation.
Source : TOI