Al Marouzi Park: A feel-good community park
Size: 26,200 sq. mts
Hours: 7 am – 11 pm
✓ school age
✓ water dispenser
✓ soccer turf field
✓ shaded seating
✓ mosque nearby
✓ designated parking
✗ no kiosk or restaurant
✗ no swings
✗ playground not shaded
✗ water fountain can be dirty
✗ no WiFi
✗ no recycling
Address: Al Marouzi Street, Hazm Almarkhiya District
GPS: 25° 20’ 50” N, 51° 29’ 32” E
- On Al Khafji Street turn at the 3-pronged Round About between Arab League Street and Al Jamiaa Street
- left at light signal onto Al Noor Street
- a few metres later, 1st left
- Park is set back from the road on the left immediately after the mosque
Ask nicely and the groundsman may turn the fountain on for you.
What Makes It Special: Comfortable, community park.
You won’t see Al Marouzi Park until you are smack in front of the sand parking lot and even then you’ll be tempted to drive around the block looking for the proper entry. Don’t. There is no around the block; there’s only around the neighborhood, which as you probably know already, can lead to around the district and then around the city with just a few left turns.
City planning is neither here nor there. This neighborhood is relatively established but the streets leading to it are being expanded. In spite of which, the tweet of birds and the crow of roosters are still louder than the sound of jackhammers.
Once you see the large sandlot, you must drive over the roadside curb. Cars low to the ground will definitely have some chassis on curb action even when slowly easing over it. If you’re low as a Lamborghini, park in the paved mosque parking. (Be polite: don’t park at the mosque at prayer time.)
Front and centre in the park are football and basketball courts. As in most urban areas, these have no nets but are perfectly usable. Further in you’ll find an artificial rock fountain taking the multi-coloured spotlight in the centre. Heads up parents: this is not cleaned frequently. It wouldn’t be advisable to allow your children unimpeded hand action unless you have some heavy-duty sanitiser nearby. Rather than getting algae on their hands, redirect the children to the monkey bars at the playground directly behind the fountain. The playground and the previously mentioned hoops and turf for teens makes this park a good choice for families with children of different ages.
But, mostly, the thing about this park is that it just feels good to be there. Something in the air makes visitors feel like they are part of a larger community.