Jehangir Kothari Parade
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|Jahngri Kothari Parade|
|Used for those deceased 10th February, 1919 -|
|Established||5th January, 1920.|
Jehangir Kothari Parade (Urdu: جهانگیر کوٹهاری پریڈ ) is a promenade built on land bequeathed by Seth Jehangir Hormusji Kothari to the city of Karachi. It is situated in the Clifton area of the city famous for its SeaView Beach which was built in 1919. There are two structures; 1. The Promenade Pavilion, 2) The Pier of the complex which is named after Lady Lloyd, Governor of Bombay Sir George Lloyd's wife. This is evident in the marble plaque embedded in the pier wall that reads, "Lady Lloyd Pier".
Inspired by Lady Lloyd, this promenade pier and pavilion was constructed at a cost of Rs. 300,000 and donated to the people of Karachi by Mr Jahangir Hormusji Kothari. The pavilion structure was inaugurated by Lady Lloyd on 5 January 1920 while the pier was inaugurated on 21 March 1921.
In June 2005, City District Government Karachi (CDGK) started extensive renovation work of the promenade pier and pavilion by removing the old and decrepit children's 'PlayLand'. The project covered more area on both sides of Lady Lloyd Pier and after some delays, the project was finally inaugurated on February 27, 2007 by then President Pervez Musharraf. Pakistan's largest park was constructed on 130 acres of land around the pier and the newly formed park was named as Bagh Ibne Qasim in memory of the 8th century Muslim conqueror Muhammad Bin Qasim.
The park consists of extensive lighting, pathways and lush green spaces. The Lady Loyd Pier runs down the middle of the park providing spectacular views. 'Bin Qasim' park - as it is popularly referred to by locals - shares the vicinity with another park, called 'Beach Park'. This beautiful park is spread over an area of 47 acres and has been constructed along the city's coastal driveway.