Why we need more Vankyo-style leisure parks
- by admin
Vankoi leisure parks have been popping up across the city for years, but this is the first time they’ve all been integrated into one huge complex.
The Vankoyo, a small town on the eastern bank of the Kanpur River, was built in 1894 to accommodate the burgeoning Indian population.
The area became a hub for tourists in the early 20th century, and in the late 20th, it became a popular location for outdoor recreation.
But the community has been struggling to make ends meet.
“I feel like the land is being taken away,” said D.C. resident D.M. Khan, who has lived in the area for more than 40 years.
“There is no public space, and no amenities.”
In recent years, Vankoji leisure parks, which are a popular option for locals, have been under construction and expanded.
With new infrastructure, including a new, fully enclosed swimming pool, this year’s opening will see the first of more than 200 planned Vankojis across the state.
While the majority of the park is devoted to swimming, there are a few other facilities that cater to children, including an outdoor theatre and fitness centre.
“This is a really nice place to be and enjoy your day,” said Khan.
“It’s also a place to play games and meet people, and that’s something you don’t have in a lot of other places.”
Vankiyos are also a popular spot for yoga, and a yoga instructor at the park said the new facilities are intended to make it a place that locals can use to get fit.
“You can be a Vanko, an Indian or an American and come here and get fit,” said V.J. Rao.
Another popular place for yoga is a gym at the edge of the town, which has been in use for years. “
When the sun comes out, you can come here.”
Another popular place for yoga is a gym at the edge of the town, which has been in use for years.
The gym’s owner, D.N. Rao, said he started working with yoga in the 1980s when he moved to Vankiwo, just north of Kanpur.
“In Kanpur, you could only do yoga here in a private setting,” he said.
“Then we decided to open a gym for people who didn’t want to do yoga.”
He said that the gym had been operating for about 20 years when the new park opened in the spring.
“We started to open more facilities, and now we have 50 facilities,” he added.
“The gym is one of them.”
In addition to the fitness centre, the facility has also expanded its yoga classes to include other sports such as lacrosse and soccer.
“Our sports are very popular with the people here,” Rao said.
Vankoya is one place where the Indian-American community is taking a strong stand.
“Everyone here is Indian, and we’re all working together to ensure we get the facilities we need,” said B.S. Rajan, a local politician who has been representing the community in local government for nearly two decades.
“A lot of people feel that we’re being taken advantage of, and it’s our responsibility to bring about change,” he told the BBC.
“But it’s also important to realize that we are a community.
We have to be united in this cause.”
S Rajan is a local MLA and a member of the Indian American Community, the Indian community umbrella group.
He said he is “very proud” of the Vankozi facilities, which he said have been built with the community’s full support.
“They’re really helping the people of Vankoa to feel comfortable here and enjoy their activities,” he explained.
“And they’ve also been very helpful in terms of ensuring that the facilities are well-maintained.”
Vankoi leisure parks have been popping up across the city for years, but this is the first time they’ve all…