History of Shivaji Park
Park has seen it all - the fight for independence, the quest for Sanyukta Maharashtra;
to the big rallies of the day, meetings and demonstrations; the huge park park
or rather ground is almost like a historical monument by itself.
the ground/park boasts of a modern Gymkhana, a Ganpati Mandir, a mini children
park Chhatrapati Shivaji's idol.
park is situated on the North-East part of Mumbai and since it is located in such
a key position in the city, making it a hot spot for conducting huge rallies,
public meetings, conferences, so on and so forth.
park was opened for public use by the Bombay Municipal Corporation in the year
1925. And since then the park has continued to bask in its glory.
the place was initially termed as Shivaji Park, the idea that this park should
contain an idol of the great Maratha King Shivaji came forward. And under the
able leadership of "Lokneta", people's leader Late Mr. Balasaheb
Desai, the idol was constructe by collecting funds from the people.
huge statue was inagurated in 1966 by the then Defence Minister of India Mr.Yashwant
Rao Chauhan. The place surrounding the park incidentally also became famous by
the same name "Shivaji Park"; the region has gained fame, prosperity
specially in the last 60-70 odd years. Prior to that the place was a part of the
original inhabitants of the place between Mahim and Prabhadevi area were Bhandaris,
Sutars, Kolis(fishermen) and Christains.
the only routes between Parel and Mahim Island were few pedestrian routes; otherwise
the whole area was covered with marshy grass as also few big-small creeks the
local people filled this place up with big rocks; since this region formed a route
between thew somewhat high Mahim Island to the down Parel area, the place became
famous by the name "Dadar"(which in Marathi means 'staircase').