Riyadh goes green with the Sports Boulevard. The 135-Kilometer-sports boulevard in Riyadh is to connect Wadi Hanifa to the west of the city and Wadi AS-Sail in the east, with the aim of realizing a healthy and energetic lifestyle.
It is noteworthy that the Sports Boulevard is one of the four mega entertainment projects for the public that King Salman has launched last March with a total cost reaching SAR86bn ($23bn) to be executed in the second half of 2019—King Salman Park, Riyadh Art, and The Green Riyadh, all of which aim at doubling the per capita green area in Riyadh by 16 times, creating the world's largest city parks and planting more than 7.5 million trees throughout Riyadh.
This confirms the Saudi Arabia's interest in urbanization and environmental management in line with the Vision 2030 reforms, particularly that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced that the other Saudi cities will witness the launch of similar projects in the near future.
"The Sports Boulevard is an important breakthrough that will contribute to the promotion of sports and the preservation of health.It will also help the capital residents to acquire healthy habits and lifestyles and practice sports regularly" TawfiqArrabiaa, the Saudi minister of health said in a tweet through his official Twitter account.
According to the official announcement of the launch of the "Sports Boulevard" project; it will extend to 135 km, of tracks and pathways breaking the city of Riyadh, linking the Wadi Hanifa west of the city and Wadi AS-Sali in the east. It is expected to contribute to encouraging the population to follow healthy patterns of mobility, especially walking, cycling, and horse riding, in an environment full of sport, artistic, cultural, recreational, and environmental events and activities.
The project aims at transforming the city of Riyadh into an open art exhibition that combines tradition and modernity by carrying out eight different zones with facilities for almost every sporting activity.
Transforming the capital environment into a green oasis, and enhancing its hot climate, Riyadh people seem to be enthusiastic about the new project. This refers to their increasing interest in exercise sports of all kinds in the new green spaces and the longest boulevard in the world.
It is notable that Saudi Arabia, in recent years, hasbeen seeking to encourage more segments of society to practice sports, with anawareness of the high proportion of the Saudis suffering from diseases such asobesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.