Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City inaugurated its Central Park during The Festival, which took place from January 16 to 18, WAM news agency reports.
“Central Park is a reflection of Masdar City’s continued commitment to innovation, development, and acceptance of all cultures, and it is fitting that we inaugurate the park as the country begins its preparations for our half centenary,” according to Executive Director of Sustainable Real Estate at Masdar Yousef Baselaib.
The new community amenity is designed to achieve Abu Dhabi’s first Exemplar rating under the Estidama Pearl Community Rating System (PCRS), while also reflecting the four principles of the Estidama system: Economic, environmental, social, and cultural. It is built to the highest sustainability standards to reduce energy and water consumption, construction and operational waste, and carbon emissions for materials used on-site.
“The park’s landmark feature is a fog harvesting tower, which will collect humidity to supplement the water-efficient irrigation system feeding the urban farming areas. Organic waste and landscape waste from the park will be converted to compost for use in the park’s landscaping,” according to the news agency.
Public amenities at the park include food and beverage (F&B) outlets, lawn areas, community gardens, small-scale allotments, leaving out the flexible market spaces and unique bespoke playground spaces on-board.