Different classes existing peacefully in the same place is an uncommon sight in this elitist state. But this is just what one gets to see at a public park in F-6/3, dubbed "The Haunted Hill" by the youth that throng the place. It was refreshing to see each person carrying along with whatever it was they were doing, from kids running around, playing "baraf paani," to picnicking on the grass, to eating the much loved "Hot Spot" ice-cream, without anyone, even once, getting the awkward "stare," or, thinking along the lines of social prejudice. In other words, the true park spirit. Alas, if only there were more such times when we, as a people, and, as a nation enjoyed the different activities present in our city and in our country-all together and as equals. If only the "Hot Spot" ice cream was less expensive so that others from less privileged backgrounds could also enjoy its wonderful taste. However, there have been worse incidents and controversies. One example is the opening of a mini-golf course in Islamabad. The authorities' first attempt to have a mini-golf course constructed in the F-7 sector in 2005 - in an undulating park adjacent to Jinnah Super Market - was struck down by the Supreme Court at the turn of 2006, after residents from the French Colony kachi abadi opposite the park staged a protest against the project. The second such attempt to construct a mini-golf course was in May 2008, in the same F-7 sector, which caused residents of the area to move a petition against the project. The objection of Islamabad's F-7 sector residents is apparently not to mini-golf per se but to the conversion of their free-entry public parks into pay-to-enter recreational facilities. It would be easier to justify a mini-golf course in Islamabad if it were a general public recreational facility. These parks, many of which have recently been given facelifts, have for decades served Islamabad's residents young and old who frequent these parks in the evenings for walking, jogging, playing or simply for a breath of fresh air. Despite the apparent rule against commercialization of public parks, this rule has already been broken by the establishment of Islamabad's first and only outlet of an international fast-food chain restaurant, in an isolated corner of the F-9 Park, despite public protests. Even if one were to overlook the allegedly shady process that lead to getting the contract, the whole idea of giving out a public space for commercial purposes needs to be looked into. The Capital Development Authority, however, has to be praised for the steps it has taken to transform what were previously dumps, into incredible, international standard parks. These parks, large and small, present in every sector, equipped with swings, slides and other recreational facilities, have transformed neighbourhoods, allowing children from all backgrounds to play here. These free of charge playing grounds have transformed the ambience of the different sectors with their brightly coloured swings and the cheerful sounds of children. A small park in the F-6 sector has brought educational benefits to the residents of the French Colony, opposite the park. In the afternoons (when the children don't have their holidays) a number of them from the Colony can be seen present studying with their tutor, Sir Ayub, along with the other female teachers he has employed. These children sit on the ground while their tutor, with the help of a small black board teaches them all subjects. The students desire to study and to learn really touches ones heart. Though they have to pay a tutorial fee and their studying conditions are far from ideal, they still desire to understand and learn more. We all hope that this development process in Islamabad will continue to provide the balance between the needs and wants of the few with the desires and longings of the common man. Islamabad, the Beautiful, will thus continue to do justice to its name.