In the heart of the Bangalore city is a garden laid down by Sir John Meade during 1870. The Cubbon Park has been one of the major contributors to Bangalore’s ‘Garden City’ tag. The creation of Cubbon Park and the construction of Public Offices altered the cityscape of Bangalore radically. Today the park is the favorable picnic spot among the tourists and the locals. Lawns with vibrant flower beds, shady bowers and flowering trees, make this an ideal place for fitness freaks and the elderly to take their morning jogs or evening walks.
The Cubbon Park was built in 1870 by the then acting Commissioner of Mysore ‘Sir John Meade.’ The vast landscape was conceived by the then Chief Engineer of the State Major General Richard Sankey. The park was initially named Meade’s Park, in honor of John Meade and later renamed as Cubbon Park after the longest serving commissioner of the time, Sir Mark Cubbon.
The park was officially renamed in 1927 as ‘Sri Chamarajendra Park’ to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar’s rule in Mysore State but the name Cubbon Park has stuck.
The park has around 68 varieties and 96 species with about 6000 plants. Both ornamental and flowering trees, exotic and indigenous are found here. Grevillea Robusta (Silver Oak), having the distinction of being the first oaks introduced to Bangalore from Australia is still found in the park.
Many official and public buildings are located within and along its periphery. The High Court Buildings, Indira Priyadarshini Children’s Library, City Central Library, Government Museum, Art Gallery, Aquarium, YMCA, Yuvanika – the state youth centre, Century Club, Press Club, Bal Bhavan are located in the park.
Many roads run through the park connecting various places. The greenery is a welcome sight for traffic-sore eyes. The park is also famous also famous for the statues of Queen Victoria installed in 1906 and Kind Edward VII statue installed in 1919. There are statues of Mark Cubbon, K Sheshadri Iyer and of Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar also installed. The Cubbon Park is a famous tourist spot, a hangout and a green blanket to the administrative buildings of Bangalore.