H.E. Walid Abu Ali participated in the inauguration in which Sheikh Ansar Aziz, Mayor of Islamabad & Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels joined hands in inaugurating 8 acre Park, adjacent to the Hotel, in a tree plantation ceremony. With various diplomats and dignitaries in attendance, the ceremony opened the lush green space to the public.
One of the greatest challenges facing humanity is climate change and the rapid degradation of the environment. Serena Hotels have been taking steps to minimize their carbon footprint through an effective environmental management system, recycling as far as possible and championing eco-friendly practices within and outside its vicinity.
The Hotel has undertaken to develop the large tract of land so that the residents of Islamabad can enjoy a safe and pleasant space to exercise and relax. With a newly developed jogging track, central walking path, multistage fountain, benches, park lights, flowering bushes, floral arches and shady trees, the Park promises an enjoyable experience to both the lone jogger and the picnicking family alike.
The planning and development of the Park took some time as the process had to begin with land leveling and the plantation of new grass. Subsequently weeds and shrubs were removed and replaced with new trees, flower beds and a nursery. The maintenance of all the new plantation has been made possible through a new irrigation network.
The jogging track and central walking path are new while the old path alongside the road was renovated. The rockeries, fountain and benches are new while the old graves have been fenced off.
Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels, said,
“We strongly believe that it is not enough – as a company and as individuals – to simply avoid harming the environment. We must all come together to play an active role to protect the environment and conserve natural resources.
This Park is a project close to my heart in a time when climate change is ravaging the world. The saplings we have planted in the past and the ones we plant today will become trees that will provide oxygen for our children in the future, improve air quality, conserve water, preserve the soil and create a space for birds to flourish in the heart of Islamabad.
Through this project we want to reaffirm our conviction that we must not only preserve the earth and its resources, but also cultivate and grow them.”
Sheikh Ansar Aziz, Mayor of Islamabad said,
“I must applaud Serena Hotel’s efforts in maintaining and developing the park, especially Mr. Aziz Boolani and his entire team. This park is another milestone which will add to the Islamabad Green Charter that adopts United Nations Urban Environmental Accords.”
He planted a tree in the park along with ambassadors, dignitaries and corporate heads.
Serena Hotels has always prioritized conservation and protection of the environment to the extent that the Serena Business Complex (SBC) has been certified as a Green Office by WWF-Pakistan. The Green Office Initiative includes water conservation, energy conservation (via use of LEDs), enhanced waste management practices, regular tree plantations, celebration of environment days and adoption of eco-friendly purchase policies. Serena Business Complex is the first office building of its kind in Pakistan to achieve this certification.