ADDIS ABABA – The newest park in Addis Ababa with playgrounds for children, Friendship Square II, has officially begun welcoming the public today.
Located between Abrehot Public Library and the main Friendship Square, it offers family-friendly space and a playground for children.
The park was inaugurated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed along with First Lady Zinash Tayachew, and City Mayor Adanech Abiebie.
“The second phase of Friendship Park opened today,” declared Prime Minister Abiy on Sunday morning.
The PM met with the children and youth who were enjoying the venue’s amenities and sports activities.
“We will continue to raise better generations for the sake of the future Ethiopia,” Abiy said.
The Friendship park is a part of the 58km-long Entot-Akaki Riverside Beautification project involving cultural centers, an art gallery, and places of Science and technology.
It hosts various standard entertainment facilities and playgrounds including football and basketball playing fields.
At the park which will be open to the public for a week free of charge, PM Abiy said children can learn about science and technology while playing.
It also provides a venue for young people to read and engage in sports; parents and grandparents to bring their children and grandchildren to share social experiences; and newlyweds to exchange vows in the wedding garden, he said.
The Prime Minister initiated the Sheger Riverside project alongside the Entoto Project with the goal of giving Addis Ababa an appearance and services that complement its name.
The Entoto project, which was inaugurated two years ago, has equipped Entoto Natural Park with the necessary infrastructure and facilities, making it one of the top tourist attraction centers in the Capital.
The Natural Park lies on the south-eastern slopes of Mt Entoto, between the northern limit of the city at an altitude of 2,600m and the track along the mountain ridge at an altitude of over 3,100m.