December 27, 2023: In a groundbreaking initiative by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the soon-to-be-opened Waste-to-Art dinosaur park at Sarai Kale Khan is poised to redefine public parks in India. Anticipated to open its gates by the end of the next month, this park is set to be the first-of-its-kind in the country, featuring 54 colossal dinosaur replicas ranging from 9 to 65 feet in height and up to 54 feet in length. What makes these life-sized replicas truly remarkable is that they are entirely crafted from scrap metal, discarded tires, remnants of cars, and horticulture waste.
These metal marvels not only showcase realistic movements but also boast impressive capabilities, including the ability to produce roaring sounds, growls, hisses, and even spit fire. Drawing inspiration from the iconic Jurassic Park, the park incorporates light and sound effects that recreate scenes from the film, such as dinosaurs crushing vehicles.
Reports indicate that the site has reached 80% completion, utilizing nearly 300 tonnes of waste material for construction. The park aims to exhibit replicas representing 15 species of dinosaurs, offering an educational and entertaining experience for visitors. From Coelophysis to Tyrannosaurus Rex, each replica showcases meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Upon entering the park, visitors will be greeted by three uniquely crafted stegosaurus replicas, each made from horticulture waste, scrap, and car parts. The recreation area for children features small, feathered Velociraptors and a massive 53×50 feet replica of the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex, capable of spitting fire and blinking its eyes, providing an immersive experience akin to the Jurassic Park franchise.
Spanning 3.5 acres adjacent to the Waste-to-Wonder Park, the dinosaur park offers various recreational activities for children, including slides, climbing ropes, and swings designed with safety as a top priority. The park introduces a 60-foot-wide, 25-foot-tall replica of the Spinosaurus, complete with a play area that incorporates safety measures for children.
At the other end of the spectrum stands the 65-foot-tall diplodocus, the tallest replica in the park, featuring a slide from its tail. Meticulous cutting of scrap materials, with tires used to cover the metal body for safety and aesthetic improvement, showcases the dedication to detail in crafting these lifelike replicas.
Enhancing the park’s landscape, strategic planting of trees, shrubs, and grass will complete the immersive experience, providing visitors with a unique and educational journey into the prehistoric world. Sarai Kale Khan’s Waste-to-Art Dinosaur Park is not only a testament to creativity but also a symbol of sustainable innovation, turning waste into a fascinating attraction for locals and tourists alike.