Children ride bicycles in the Sanayeh garden in Beirut, Sunday, June 1, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Visitors to the newly renovated Sanayeh Park are less than pleased with its rules and restrictions, arguing that one of the largest and oldest public spaces in the city is not as "public" as they thought it would be.The first phase of renovations began in April of 2012, and the park made its long-awaited public debut on June 1 of this year.Since then, some park visitors have complained that private security within the park is too strict and even aggressive.The Azadea Foundation's security contractor, Middle East Security, provides guards that patrol the grounds during opening hours. Feryal Ibrahim, a mother of four, brought her children to the park Tuesday to enjoy a day in the sun. Despite these allegations, the Azadea Foundation is insisting that visitors are indeed allowed to walk and lay on the grass freely and that visitors are also allowed to bring their sports gear, such as footballs and tennis balls, into the garden.
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