THE much-anticipated Robina Eco Park in Teluk Ayer Tawar, Butterworth, is now open to the public following completion of its upgrading works.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the park has the potential to be the latest tourist destination in Seberang Prai with its strategic location nearby the beach.
“With its strategic location and being less than 15km from Butterworth, the park can be an attraction for the public to indulge in activities such as fishing and having a fun day out with their family, ” he said, adding that the park also boasts of a “billion dollar” sunset view.
He said the upgrading project involving 1.8ha (4.5acre) of the total 2.6ha (6.6acre) park, started in October last year.
The project involved demolition of illegal stalls, upgrading of the existing route by transforming it
into a green patch, installation of gazebos and security fence and walls.
The project by Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) also has 167 parking lots.
“The upgrading work was finally completed on July 5, and I want to congratulate MBSP and its contractor for having completed the job despite the movement control order, ” Chow said.
He said in line with the vision to turn Seberang Prai into a green city, the upgrading works at the park focused on green concept.
This included planting grass at all areas of the park and planting 548 shrubs as part of the park’s landscape.
A solar system is also used to illuminate the park at night.
Gazetted as a recreational park in the 1960s by Rural District Council (RDC), Pantai Robina was named after British Royal Air Force Chief Marshall Sir Alex Robinson and his wife Anna Robinson during his tenure in 1941.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) then proposed the name Robina Park to the RDC as the new name for the park.
Also present at the opening of the upgraded park were Teluk Ayer Tawar assemblyman Mustafa Kamal Ahmad, MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud, North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Norzainy Mohd Nor and several MBSP councillors.