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Public awaits accessible, better managed GBK Urban Forest

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, December 8, 2019   /  03:07 pm
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Parts of the GBK Urban Forest are under construction by hospitality group Plataran Indonesia. The park is scheduled to open to the public on Dec. 19. (JP/Sausan Atika)

Earlier this year, Jakartans were awed when the concept for an urban park located inside the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Central Jakarta was introduced on Instagram. Called Hutan Kota GBK (GBK Urban Forest), was built on land once designated for a commercial golf driving range as part of the GBK’s revamp ahead of the 2018 Asian Games. Despite its name, the GBK Urban Forest does not quite meet the definition laid out in Government Regulation No. 63/2002 on urban forests, which states that an urban forest must be determined through a gubernatorial decree. To date, it has yet to be officially recognized as an urban forest by a gubernatorial decree. A vacant two-story building is the centerpiece of the park, standing against a backdrop of high-rise buildings on one of the city's main thoroughfares, Jl. Sudirman. A fishpond with a small waterfall is located in...