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On a grassy expanse over a few hundred acres in the centre of Bangalore is the Cubbon Park, planned and laid out in 1864 by Sir Richard Sankey, the then Chief Engineer of Mysore. It is named after Sir Mark Cubbon, Bangalore's longest serving Commissioner. Lawns with vibrant flower beds, shady bowers and flowering trees, make this an ideal place for fitness freaks and the elderly to take their morning jogs or evening walks.

The Park has elegant classical buildings like Attara Kacheri (the Karnataka High Court) and the Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Government Museum, Aquarium, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall all of which are well known.

Besides these, it also houses Bal Bhavan - an amusement park for children. Cubbon Park is open to the public at all times, but is closed to traffic from 5 am to 8 am every day. In spite of the monstrous pollution in the city, it still remains an Oasis of greenery in the heart of modern Bangalore. Situated close to the High Court is the State Central Library, worth a visit for its rare treasure of books and building has the "pompeian red" colour and architectural style of stone and fluted pillars, with walls finished in lime plaster. Apart from its rich flora, Cubbon Park houses a number of other institutions of significance like the Cheshire Dyer Memorial Hall, Ottawa Chatter, Century Club and the Press Club




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