$30M Fun Park Planned for bin Laden's Old Town

Abbottabad center will include waterfalls and paragliding
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2013 4:53 PM CST
$30M Fun Park Planned for bin Laden's Hometown
In this May 15, 2011 file photo, Ali Raza sits on the rooftop of his house as he views the city of Abbottabad, Pakistan.   (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

Itching to jog, ski, and go paragliding in Osama bin Laden's old town? You're in luck: Pakistan has announced a $30 million amusement park in Abbottabad, best known as the site of bin Laden's assassination, the Telegraph reports. But officials insist they're not planning the park to polish Abbottabad's tarnished image: "This project has nothing to do with Osama bin Laden," says a sports and tourism minister. "We are working to promote tourism and amusement facilities in the whole province and this project is one of those facilities."

Starting at 50 acres, the park will include artificial waterfalls, a heritage center, restaurants, and a wildlife zoo, reports Huffington Post. It will eventually grow to 500 acres and be completed in 8 years, officials say. Named after a British army officer, Abbottabad once drew thousands of visitors to its beautiful hills and cool climate. But the nation's dire economic woes have crippled tourism in the area. (Read more Abbottabad stories.)

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