THE RM4mil Kinta Riverwalk redevelopment project in Ipoh, Perak, is now complete and boasts new attractions.
Among them are two glow-in-the-dark bridges, an entertainment space for children and shops selling arts and crafts products as well as food.
Visitors can also rent bicycles and rideable electric toy cars.
Perak tourism committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said Kinta Riverwalk was expected to pull in more visitors, especially at night.
“Based on the pre-launch ceremony on Dec 31, there was good response from visitors who were excited to see the new upgrades,” she said after the official launch last weekend.
“With the newly refurbished Kinta Riverwalk alongside other attractions in the city, we are hoping to welcome more tourists to Ipoh.
“We are expecting the occupancy rate in city hotels to be between 50% and 60% in the first quarter of the year,” she added.
Nolee Ashilin said the redevelopment work at Kinta Riverwalk was part of Ipoh Special Area Plan, Ipoh Walkable City and Ipoh Local Plan (2035).
“The project was divided into three locations, with the first being a 1.6km stretch from Jalan Raja Muda Aziz Bridge, located in front of Kinta Riverfront Hotel, to Jalan Lim Bo Seng Bridge.
“That project cost RM3mil, paid for by the North Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA).
“The next location was a 950m stretch from Lim Bo Seng Bridge to Jalan Sultan Idris Shah Bridge, with redevelopment works costing about RM500,000 and funded by the state government,” she disclosed.
“The third part was the 120m stretch from Jalan Sultan Idris Shah Bridge until Hale Street.
“It cost RM500,000 and was funded by Housing and Local Government Ministry,” she added.
Nolee Ashilin assured that Kinta Riverwalk would not become a “white elephant”.
She said the tourism products in the area would be handled by Ipoh City Council and not by several agencies as done previously.
“We are confident that under the city council, the site will be managed properly and be among the main attractions in the city,” she said.
“We hope there will be more integrated developments to ensure tourism products here can be maintained and further enhanced,” she added.