Tapping Dengkil township’s ecotourism potential

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 27 Nov 2019

From left to right: Soo, Aw, Ngan, Abdul Sahak and Wong at the tree-planting and ground-breaking ceremony for the water theme park at Gamuda Cove.

Residents in southern Klang Valley can look forward to a leisure and adventure hub when Gamuda Cove’s Discovery Park opens next month.

This will be followed by the opening of a rainforest-themed water park in December 2021.The Discovery Park will offer exciting and unique experiences through two recreational zones — Adventure Park and Hangout Village.

The upcoming attractions, aimed at turning the township into a tourism hub are among initiatives by Gamuda Land, the property arm of Gamuda Bhd.

The company unveiled its plans to build the 7.2ha water theme park during a placemaking activation event at Gamuda Cove in Dengkil.

Speaking at the ground-breaking and tree-planting ceremony, Gamuda Land executive director Aaron Soo said the company was “guided by sincerity and motivated by originality” in its endeavours.

He elaborated on its strong town-making principles as the factor that differentiated Gamuda Land from other developers.

Also present were Gamuda Land chief executive officer Ngan Chee Meng, chief operating officer Aw Sei Cheh, executive director Datuk Abdul Sahak Safi and Gamuda Cove general manager Wong Yik Fong.

“We are creating a hive of tourism activities to drive socioeconomic growth in this area, ” he said in reference to the newly opened interchange to the township’s central park, the laying of 5G infrastructure and the water theme park which would feature 18 exhilarating rides in addition to a 300m lazy river, twin surf beach pool with private cabanas and simulated surfing.

He added that 70% of the water theme park would be dedicated to green spaces “filled with tropical trees, shrubs and flora, where the lush nature concept would bring to life Gamuda Land’s ongoing, long-term commitment to sustainability.”

Soo was also visibly enthused about the opening of Discovery Park, which is located just across the road from the water theme park site.

While the Adventure Park gives thrill seekers the chance to enjoy indoor go-karting, mountain biking and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) activities as well as aerial climb through adventure rope courses, the Hangout Village offers Malaysian cuisine and unique leisure experiences ranging from shopping and dining to relaxation.

Soo also announced that the Paya Indah Wetlands adjacent to Gamuda Cove would be rebranded to Discovery Wetlands to revive ecotourism in the area.

In emphasising the developer’s efforts to ensure sustainability of the wetlands, he said the company would work closely with the Wildlife and National Parks Department to conserve, protect and restore facilities.

Gamuda Land has obtained approval in principle to jointly manage the wetlands with the Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry and the Selangor government.

Visitors to Discovery Wetlands will be able to look forward to activities such as cycling, fishing, bird watching, horse riding and bamboo trail walking, in addition to hot air balloons rides.

Paya Indah Wetlands, which consists of 14 interlinked lakes as well as marshes and lowland tropical forests, is home to 142 aquatic plants and animals, 40 fish species, 225 bird species, 23 types of mammals and 220 types of terrestrial plants and herbs.

“Ultimately, it is about providing good experiences for all local and international visitors and sustainable value creation to people who will call this place home, ” said Soo.

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