Public sport and leisure space is scarce in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Beirut's governor and mayor have given the go-ahead for a new public space for street games and leisure in Beirut, green-lighting a proposal submitted by Danish NGO "GAME" at the end of 2016 .Celebrating the news, Prahm highlighted that public spaces make up a mere 0.5 percent of the capital. Spaces dedicated to physical activity are often costly, he added, preventing access for many.Traboulsi said that there are two primary obstacles when it comes to increasing the number of public spaces dedicated to sport: bureaucracy and the lack of suitable land.Wednesday's news is the result of GAME's effort to raise awareness about the lack of public spaces for youth in Lebanon.The organization works with municipalities around the country.The school offers its space to GAME once a week for disadvantaged youth in the area.Such activities are vital to the health of the capital: while Beirut's lack of public spaces has marred the quality of life, it has also fueled health issues amongst its youth.One initiative to renovate a public space near Beirut resulted instead in the creation of a private tennis club.
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