ABOUT THE OXYGEN PARK: The idea of Oxygen Park is to introduce a “green lung” to Education City by inviting students and visitors alike to refresh their mind, body and spirit through active exercise and exploration of the symbiotic relationship between plants and people – building and fostering a healthy future for both.
The park gets its name from its landscaping design, which enables a breeze to be channeled through wind passages carved between gardens. Like the traditional Arabian Gulf wind towers, they act as a form of natural air-conditioning. This is vital in a country where every breeze is to be harnessed and treasured, especially during periods of intense heat and humidity.
Qatar Foundation enthusiastically initiated this program and was keen to build green spaces into Education City with the understanding that the greener the place, the cooler it becomes. Furthermore, greenery is essential to offset the effects of new construction, making the environment more pleasant and visually friendly. The park literally materializes a breath of fresh Qatari air.
- The park is a primary open space within Education City, occupying a central campus focus, complementing the plaza spaces of the adjacent hub.
- It is a place of informal gathering in a lively, relaxed yet educational atmosphere.
- The north part of Oxygen Park is sub-divided into smaller thematic gardens. These include the Vine Arbor Garden, Shade Grove & Picnic Area Garden, Water Garden, Play Garden, Scent Garden, Wind Garden, Sound Garden and Shade Garden.
- The South part of Oxygen Park comprises of parkland with multifunctional grass surfaces including various pitch sizes, hard & soft landscape features, water features, a covered walkway (511m), a running track (1600m), and an equestrian track (981m).
- The park also has follies to facilitate campus gatherings and relaxing activities.
- The park uses natural contours and shade to help control temperatures in a highly scientific and sustainable manner.
- The park is fundamentally designed to facilitate air flow through wind passages carved between the gardens.
- Cascading cool water covering the walkway structure, naturally cools down the air inside and around the passageway.