Swapno Bhor Seniors’ Park is a wellness club for seniors(both male and female) aged 50 years and above. This is the only dedicated park for seniors in West Bengal,run by WBHIDCO as one of its projects in New Town Kolkata. The park was inaugurated in 2015 by Hon'ble Chief Minister of West Bengal, Smt Mamata Banerjee.
Facilities for the Members
The park has several facilities for its members, such aslibrary, cultural activities, indoor games, health check-up,yoga, music school for men and women, morning and evening walks, etc. Besides, the members of Swapno Bhor join various outdoor activities likewinter picnic, excursions , visit to Puja mandaps of Kolkata, Kolkata International Book Fair, and many more, for their entertainment in different walks of life.
Activities at Swapno Bhor
Every Sunday cultural programmes are held at the Cultural Hall where members spend their Sunday evenings happily. Sometimes the members too join these programmes to share their activities with others. At the end of the year, Swapno Bhorcelebrates itsbirthday through felicitation of a few senior-most members followed by prize distribution for different indoor game competitions and cultural programmesthat the members participate in throughout the year.The members of Swapno Bhor and residents of Snehodiya have been jointlyorganizing DurgaPuja for the last couple of years. Recently, another project has been initiated by NKDA and New Town Smart City Project to set up a Community Center titled AALAP to share mutual talks between seniors and juniors. At present, Swapno Bhor has about 700 active members, and another 300 members arein the process of getting enrolled.
The park at a glance
Spread over an area of about 4 acres,the park has two Banquet Halls and one open green lawn for renting out to the people for social functions like marriage ceremony, reception, birthday party, etc. On the other side,there is a completely green zone,with four golden statues of Lord Buddha erectedon the pathway surrounded by growing fruit trees. Besides, there are four covered adda zones along with one laughing zone in the corners. Two aviaries and one big aquarium are added attractions of the park.
Senior Citizens – A priority for New Town Kolkata
Senior citizens are a priority for New Town. Accordingly, New Town came up with multiple initiatives for the well-being of the citizens in the past, and has still been consistently working towards ensuring the comfort and convenience of the old people.
Recently a directory for Senior Citizen of New Town has been published by Swapno Bhor,in consultation with WBHIDCO, NKDA, as well asthe Resident Welfare Associations and Blocks of New Town. The directory contains a list of about 560 senior citizens residing in New Town, along with their name age, address, contact number and alternate contact number so that they can be easily reached out.