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Jakarta Post

RPTRAs double as community centers amid lack of public spaces

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 5, 2019   /  02:04 pm
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Children play at the Kalijodo child-friendly public space (RPTRA) in West Jakarta.(Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)

One cloudy Saturday at the Taman Kenanga child-friendly public space (RPTRA) in Cideng, Central Jakarta, 4-year-old Bagas played with his preschool friends while his father lounged on a bench, waiting for his own friends to arrive. “I work in Mampang Prapatan, South Jakarta. Every day after returning from work in the late afternoon, I bring my son here to play, and at the same time, I can also get rid of my fatigue here and hang out with my neighbors,” said Bagas’ father, Dwi Mayda, 41. For Dwi and other parents in Cideng, the scenic RPTRA Taman Kenanga serves as an open play area for their growing children as well as a public park, a sports field, a cultural venue and a location for general socializing. While the city struggles to fulfill the demand for public spaces amid the land shortage, Jakartans of all ages&nbs...