Sight(s) for sore eyes – Coles Park

Yup, the grass was literally greener on the other side. Much more of it has grown too since my school days when it – Coles Park – next door, was considered a ‘no-go’ zone where all sorts of shady activities took place. Teachers would give stern looks & warnings to students who were suspected of visiting the park.

Today, of course, it has turned a new leaf and is a much loved place by residents of the area. Called Freedom Fighters Park, Coles Park was named years ago after the Resident of Mysore, Mr. A.H. Coles.

My early morning stroll over there last Sunday resulted in these pics. Enjoy!






On special occasions, we were taken to the Coles Park’s bandstand to hear military bands. Dressed in regimental colours – navy-blue turbans, red tunics with elaborate golden frills, these bands played marching music and popular melodies.


In Coles Park in Frazer Town, there are interesting specimens of topiary shaped with great skill and craft, including animals and birds, a mandpam and even a girl.





It would appear that I’m nitpicking but I still believe that the park can be maintained better. For one, it needs wardens to ensure that visitors do not litter the park. Adequate & bold warning signs seem to be too far and few in between.
A history of the park – via pictures – would certainly be welcome.

In spite of the above, Bangalore is lucky to have a park – among the myraid ones that dot the city- as beautiful & centrally located as Coles Park.


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