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Jakarta Post

City to restore Kalijodo Park to former glory

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 26, 2018   /   08:54 am
City to restore Kalijodo Park to former glory Workers make the final touches to the Kalijodo child-friendly integrated public space (RPTRA) in North Jakarta. (Antara/Aprillio Akbar)

Following reports and complaints that Kalijodo child-friendly integrated public space (RPTRA) in North Jakarta had been uncared for, the Jakarta Forestry Agency has decided to return the park to its former glory.

At the park, the plants suffer from a lack of water and the paint has faded.

Jakarta Forestry Agency head Djafar Muchlisin said the agency would install water sprinklers to regularly water the park’s plants.

“We will install the equipment next year,” He said on Tuesday, reported.

He said the plants would be taken care of once the sprinklers had been installed, the plants died easily because it was the dry season.

He said the park’s soil was not suitable for plants.

“It’s a former eviction site, and there is rubble underneath. So, it’s not actually suitable for plants,” he said. Kalijodo was formerly a notorious red-light district.

He said the agency would also manage the night market that residents regularly held in the park, because the visitors usually walked over the plants.

“We will not ban the night market. But we expect visitors to take care of the plants,” Djamal said.

He said the agency would also cooperate with the Jakarta Environmental Agency to increase the frequency of trash collection, which accumulated easily after a night market.

“We are also replacing the dried out and dead plants with new ones,” he said. (ami)