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Jakarta Post

South Jakarta to become more green with nine new parks

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 12, 2019   /   08:01 am
South Jakarta to become more green with nine new parks Visitors enjoy the Christmas Day holiday around Monas Park in Central Jakarta. ( Ade Liana)

The Jakarta administration plans to create nine open green spaces in several residential areas of the capital this year under a program it calls Taman Maju Bersama (Move Forward Together Parks). 

A budget of Rp 1 billion (US$71,151) would be allocated for each park. “The [parks] would have a lot of greenery. We avoid concrete. Where [concrete] is used, it will not be a dominant feature,” South Jakarta Forestry Agency head M. Yuswardi said as quoted by on Thursday. The parks are to be ready by August.

Unlike the integrated child-friendly public spaces (RPTRA), the Taman Maju Bersama parks would be dominated by plants and green zones.

Yuswardi explained that the previously built RPTRAs had buildings to accommodate lactation rooms and libraries.

He said this year’s nine parks would be built in the following locations: Jl. Wika and Jl. M Kahfi II, Srengseng Sawah subdistrict; Jl. Jagakarsa II, Jagakarsa subdistrict; Jl. Menteng and Jl. Camat Gabun, Lenteng Agung subdistrict; Jl. Tanjung Barat, Pasar Minggu subdistrict; Jl. Waru, Kebagusan subdistrict; Jl. Gintung, Tanjung Barat subdistrict; Jl. Poncol Pusdiklat PLN, Ragunan subdistrict.

Previously, the administration has also earmarked Rp 140 billion to revitalize five existing parks. Jakarta Forestry Agency head Suzi Maristawati argued the hefty budget was needed given the large size of the parks. (gis)