(photo by BlogBaladi)
Great news! The largest urban park in the heart of Beirut, Horsh Beirut (la forêt des Pins), will officially be open to the public every day starting June 6th, 8am to 2pm on weekdays and 7am to 7pm on weekends. (It has been open on Saturdays for a while but with restrictions and ID checks at the entrance).
This pine forest is of historical and symbolical importance. The trees were planted by Emir Fakhreddine to protect Beirut from the sand. A landmark that used to stretch from the sea to Ramlet el Baida and from Hamra to Badaro. The famous french writer Lamartine even described it in 1832 as “le site de (ses) rêves”.
A coalition of NGOs have been campaigning for years to reclaim this site. 333 000 sqm of green space will soon be accessible to all. Just the way it should be.
Get your park toys ready.