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The dozens of joggers and walkers who exercise each day around Beirut's largest park are easy to spot – mostly because they can't get inside.Horsh Beirut, located near Tayyouneh, is a 25,000-square meter park housing the majority of the city's green space, including 900 different plant species, paved walkways, an amphitheater and thousands of palm and pine trees. NAHNOO, an NGO promoting more shared public space in the country, has received permission from the municipality to open the park to the public Saturday from 6-9 p.m. Organizers are promoting the event as a picnic, but the public may spend time in Horsh Beirut however they'd like, says NAHNOO's director Mohammad Ayoub. The mayor's office has even become more willing to grant permission for public events like Saturday's picnic at the park.
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