Tapovanam, a musical garden established by the Kozhikode Aftercare Association, will be thrown open to the elderly in the city on February 26.
The garden has been constructed at Bilathikkulam with the cooperation of over six residents' associations and initiatives such as the Active Network Group of Emergency Life Savers (Angels) and the Old Age Rehabilitation Movement (Orma).
In a communication here on Thursday, District Collector P.B. Salim, who is also the chairman of the association, said the garden was constructed to offer entertainment and refreshment facilities to the elderly. “It will have facilities such as walkway, cafeteria, fish pond, and a small sanctuary for birds. The service of the Institute of Palliative Medicine too will be available to the visitors,” he said.
Tapovanam would also be a centre for conducting counselling programmes for students and youths. It would coordinate rehabilitation programmes for those rescued from various criminal activities.
Dr. Salim said primary medical care too would be offered to the senior citizens who come to the park. “This will be the first of its kind initiative in the city dedicated to our senior citizens,” he said.