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Jakarta administration aims to build 200 more playgrounds this year

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 15, 2017   /  11:57 am
Jakarta administration aims to build 200 more playgrounds this year A mother accompanies her child at the Akasia child-friendly integrated public space (RPTRA) community center in Tebet, South Jakarta, in October 2016. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak A)

Hundreds of children in Jakarta are getting used to playing outdoors following the development of child-friendly integrated public spaces (RPTRAs) across the city’s municipalities.

The head of the Jakarta Women’s Empowerment, Family Planning and Child Protection Agency, Dien Emawati, said some 852 daily visitors enjoyed the existing 188 RPTRAs.

“The city, however, needs more child-friendly spaces,” she said.

Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama said on Tuesday the city planned to build 200 more RPTRAs this year through the 2017 budget and corporate funds from Corporate Social Responsibility schemes.

“The administration will build 100 of them. We will encourage companies to help build the rest,” Ahok said.

On Wednesday, Mahludin, 37, the head of Tebet district in South Jakarta, urged the caretakers of RPTRAs to keep the facilities clean and safe.

“The playgrounds must be clean so that visitors will feel safe and comfortable." 

The caretakers also have a duty to educate visitors to take care of the playgrounds, Mahludin added. (agn/dea)