Central Park Banabitan situated at the centre of the Salt Lake in Bidhan Nagar is a Hexagonal shaped public urban park. It is the second largest open space in the city of Kolkata after the Maidan. It is a favorite hangout for wildlife enthusiasts. Central Park is an oasis for the residents of Salt Lake who live in the surrounding skyscrapers, and is one of the most popular parks in the city, thanks to his numerous appearances in films and television series. It is called the green lungs of Salt Lake.
Although the park looks natural, it is largely man-made. The land had pre-existing pits, depressions, swamps and shacks, so as to discourage the mayor at the time. Inside, there are currently several artificial lakes, extended hiking trails, playgrounds, lawns used for numerous sports. The park is a haven for bird migration and is therefore popular among birdwatchers. The long road that surrounds the park is frequented by cyclists, people who are jogging and roller skaters, especially on weekends when it is forbidden to transit to cars.
Every summer theater performances are held outdoors, inside the park. Among other events hosted by the park there are the party. The park was not part of the plan, however, Salt Lake nearly quadrupled its population. Due to the expansion of the city, Salt Lakers found themselves have a few open spaces, to distract from the noisy and chaotic city life. Long before the need for a large park had already been expressed through the pages.