Kuala Lumpur is set to get a 66-acre green space in the centre of the city which will be an urban rainforest park called Taman Tugu.
The Taman Tugu project is focused on regenerating the forest area around Tugu Negara – Malaysia’s national monument – into “a rich and sustainable urban rainforest park”, according to an official statement. The plan, supported by the government and private partners, will conserve about 1000 existing trees and more than 5000 ethnic Malaysian rainforest trees will be planted to blend in with those trees. In addition to the current forest area, the land was home to government quarters that are now used as an office for the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, which will remain at the site.
The new park area is designed to offer recreation space for visitors, as well as a learning environment. It will include play areas for kids, indoor and outdoor event space, an education centre, education trails and a learning centre that is open to the public. There will also be camp sites and running and hiking trails for people who want to get outside. The project is also designed to increase connectivity in the city, offering new paths between various areas of Kuala Lumpur to make the city more pedestrian friendly.
According to The Star Online, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he hopes the park will one day be synonymous with Kuala Lumpur, much like Central Park in New York or Hyde Park in London. While the park won’t be ready until 2018, the public will be invited to provide feedback on the development, including what activities, food and beverages that will be available on site.