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Public Park closures in Beirut: what can we do?

In previous blogs we’ve highlighted the importance of public space in Beirut, the various participatory design methods that help ensure they’re reflective of residents’ needs and the role citizen scientists can play in representing these. But what we haven’t drawn attention to is the continued closure of public spaces – particularly public parks in Beirut. While we’ve tried to explain our participatory approach, and best practice towards creating and enhancing public spaces for residents, these efforts are rendered futile if parks aren’t allowed to open. In this blog we make an attempt to explain this situation. But more importantly, we use our experiences to offer guidelines for steps that could rectify the situation.
As Covid-19 gathered pace in Lebanon in February 2019, the government imposed a nationwide lockdown which involved the closure of all public spaces – including …

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