The Chetpet Eco Park is ideal for fitness enthusiasts and those looking for a spot of recreation
A paddling of ducks waddles across the walking path, emitting a series of loud quacks. Walkers dodge the birds and continue walking, their gazes fixed steadily on the trail beyond. Statues of animals gaze somewhat eerily at all this: a land-locked turtle, a sulky pelican, a fierce shark and a jewel-eyed frog.
Benches line the park and a few walkers have already collapsed on them, exercising their core, resting or socialising. A few stray kittens gambol under the benches in a gazebo of sorts, at the entrance, that faces the Chetpet Lake.
Swatches of green can be found all over — a deer peers from beneath dense foliage on the wall of the parking lot; green grass and trees border the walkway; creepers curtain the wall cocooning the park and its inhabitants from traffic and pollution; a tree curves across a small islet in the very centre of the water. A swathe of sunlight cuts across, turning the lake into a molten vibrionic mass and leaving behind flecks of gold on the grey concrete walkway.
Chetpet Eco Park, which as the name suggests, is an ecologically-themed park, spread across the banks of the lake. Created and maintained by the Fisheries Department, the 16-acre large park, inaugurated by late Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa in February 2016, is located in the heart of the city making it a highly accessible place for the city’s inhabitants. And they certainly are making full use of it.