THI-QAR / Aswat al-Iraq: Nassiriya suffers from the lack of family entertainment places, which force most of them to go to other provinces, mainly during eids and other holidays.
Analysts and activists accuse the government of disregarding violation of "green zones" in Iraq.
"Nine years after the topple of the former regime, Nassiriya, 365 km south of Baghdad, and other neighboring provinces, still suffer from ignorance, while Amara city remains in a concrete chaos," the Iraqi House director, Bassam al-Jaberi, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
"The natural green zones around the city came under fierce attacks by those aims at turning them into new slums amid complicity from officials, who are ready to do anything to win the local elections.
The city of Nassiriya, where one million people live, has only one entertainment center and one park, opened in 1960s.
"The number of daily visitors during holidays exceeds 4000 persons, down to 300 persons during regular days," Nadhem al-Khafaji, an employee in the Nassiriya park, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
Meanwhile, gardens' owners have banned residents from entering their gardens, fearing that some of them could destroy the gardens.
A political analyst said that the city contains several parks, noting that they do exist on papers only.