Park 67: More like a schoolyard than a park
What Makes It Special: Minimalist as they come.[boxify cols_use =”1″ cols =”2″ position =”right” box_spacing =”10″ padding =”10″ background_color =”#3c3c3c” ]Type: Open Family
Size: 14,000 sq mts
Hours: 24 hours
✓ school age
✓ water dispenser
✓ basketball court
✓ turf soccer field
✓ designated parking
✓ mosque nearby
✗ unshaded playground
✗ little shade
✗ no kiosk
✗ no restaurant
✗ no WiFi
✗ no recycling
✗ can be a bit trashy after busy weekends
Park 67 may not be an oasis but it can seem like paradise for a jet-lagged, whirlwind child who wants to romp very early in the morning or very late at night. The park is open 24 hours but you don’t have to worry about your noise bothering the neighbours. Schools surround it. In fact, Park 67 looks more like a schoolyard than a park and during the year classes from Newton International use the park for recess or gym.
The park has enough options and is spacious enough to absorb everyone. Swings and benches abound. Teens gravitate to the basketball court or soccer turf. Adults power walk the geometric, brick pathways. Do note the sidewalk edges can be a tripping hazard for unsteady walkers but soft sand cushions falls.
Lack of vegetation means it is not a visual feast like some of the other parks in Doha and makes it a scorcher in the midday sun. Do like a lizard and schedule your scurryings around the sun.
Park 67 is named for the planning zone it is housed in. Like the rest of the neighbourhood, this name could change as streets and districts get named by the Municipality. Street access could also shift as Al Istiqlal Street is revamped.[boxify cols_use =”1″ cols =”2″ position =”left” box_spacing =”10″ padding =”10″ background_color =”#3c3c3c” ]
Address: Al Istiqlal Street, Qutaifiya District
GPS: 25° 21’ 25” N, 51° 31’ 1” E
- On Lusail Street driving away from Zig Zag towers
- After Katara R/A take 1st right slip road
- (Look for the brown sign pointing to a few embassies; Embassy of Singapore is the one listed on top. If you can read with a glance, you’ll notice the Newton International School building near the turn.)
- Straight ahead (road curves slightly) .2 meters
- Park on the right
001 Al Marouzi Park
Make friends. The highest ratio of trees per person in all of Doha is neatly pocketed near Park 67 in the West Bay Lagoon. To protect the privacy of the residents (think ambassadors, high-profile political dudes, high revenue business persons & other enterprising individuals who can manage the extravagant rent) the inlet is completely private. You can neither bluff nor strong arm your way into. Trust me. It is highly recommended that you make friends with someone who lives in these quarters and is generous with their invites. Even if they don’t have private beach access a few meters from their sliding glass doors, there are many public spaces with beach access and play grounds that are totally worth romping upon.