New park with a variety of cool features ready in June

Green lung: Taman Areca park will open soon and provide space for recreation in Penang. – CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

ANOTHER piece of green space has been set up on Penang island for the public to enjoy recreational and leisure activities which could enhance their health and wellbeing.

Located on a 1.21ha of land in Lebuh Sungai Pinang 7, the RM1.52mil project is expected to be completed by end of June.

Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim said the park with parking space for 100 cars could be the first one in Malaysia to have a variety of components.

Among the components are a tree bank area, community and therapeutic garden, feature tree and seating, open square, silver garden, sculpture garden, forest pavilion and slide, forest playground, forest hill step, wood log mountain, youth cross training, universal playground and outdoor gym, pavilion and a butterfly garden.

“There are many components in the park and one of the unique aspects of the park is that we will engage the community to take part in caring for the garden.

“We encourage them to be involved in taking care of the park and we will allocate space for the community to plant their own vegetables in the park.

“As the objective of this project is to create a garden and park within an urban area for the community, we got the community involved in the project, ” she said when contacted.

Lim said back in November 2019, the state engaged the local community with Penang Women’s Development Corporation and the Penang Stadium and Open Area Corporation.

“We had a focus group session with the community and asked them what they would want to have from the park.

“The community had various ideas so we listened and got them involved.

“From the community’s opinion, we collected the input and came out with the proposal for this project and got it kickstarted in October 2020, ” she added.

As there are many residents and families in the area, the park will benefit the community by offering a place for leisure and health activities.

“This is a green park, so it will be a good place for the urban community to enjoy.

“When this park is completed, we are sure it will benefit the community here as well as visitors from other areas like Bayan Baru, ” she added.

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