AFTER several failed attempts to ‘bring life’ to two recreation parks in Butterworth, the Seberang Prai Municipal Council is now keen on renting them to private food chain operators.
Municipal councillor Soon Lip Chee (right inset) said both the Anjung Bagan and Taman Pantai parks were now up for rental, targeting food chains that were keen on incorporating a garden theme to their outlet concept.
“We have two beautiful parks, but only a few patrons, as there are no major attractions here. So, perhaps a partially alfresco cafe with Wifi services could help rejuvenate these parks,” he said.
Soon, who was visiting the parks on Wednesday, said the council would study the proposals submitted by interested parties to see if they could be implemented in the parks.
He said the successful bidder would have to oversee the necessary maintenance and upkeep of the parks, noting that ideally, an operator would manage each park.
“Initially, the council merely allowed roadshows by telco companies and non-governmental organisations to be held on weekends in these parks, but the response was very poor.
“Now, if the entire parks can be rented out, it is hoped that the private operators can help turn them around,” he said.
Fellow councillor S. Chandrasekeran said the operators could come up with creative ideas, including creating a boardwalk over a lake or even building a mini-stage for musical performances.
“We want to bring life to Butterworth town, which is rather dull these days, as most of the commercial centres and restaurants have moved out to Bandar Sunway, Bandar Perda and Highway Autocity Juru.”
Interested parties can call the council headquarters in Bandar Perda at 04-5497700 or visit the council website at www.mpsp.gov.my/brgonline/anakangkat.pdf.