he decision of the government to close Badamwari park during morning and evening hours has met with a lot of protest from locals residing around the almond alcove-designed park. Even though the government insists that the move is aimed to give maintenance time to the staff and also to ensure the park does not become a safe haven for drug addicts and other sorts but denying a substantial chunk of population the joy of morning and evening walks does not make any sense. Let us see where Badamwari park is located. It is located in the central part of the most congested area of downtown Srinagar. It is slightly on a higher altitude with multitude of crowded localities dotting the landscape from all sides. There are fewer public parks in this area for such a huge population. Badamwari is like a lifeline to the population living around this beautiful park. In spring time this park attracts tourists from all around the world and the almond alcove is considered to be one of the must-see places if one visits Srinagar during peak spring season. It also has a deep well, pagoda-topped halting places, sublime rows of almond trees making it one of the most attractive places in Kashmir. The park is one of the most well maintained parks in the entire Kashmir valley. The locals living around the park have always taken care of the park and ensured no anti-social element thrives in the park. Even though we agree to the point that all parks and gardens need an allotted maintenance time. However, we request the administration that that maintenance time be not the morning and evening hours of the day. Usually, the aged population likes to take the proverbial walk in the park at these times of the day. Let us not deny them this joy while they are in the last stage of their lives. The government must immediately revoke this decision.