Jakarta. The provincial administration has unveiled a plan to develop a new child-friendly public space in South Jakarta to provide residents with more environment-friendly parks.
The space, dubbed TB Simatupang (TBS) Park, will be situated on one hectare and will offer more public facilities than those currently available at the Kalijodo Children's Park in North Jakarta.
According to Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, TBS Park will be developed through a partnership between the city administration and Asiana Group, a local land developer.
The company recently highlighted the park as one of its major development projects included in its corporate social responsibility program.
"TBS Park will not only address a lack of open green spaces in Jakarta, but it will also serve to nurture social interactions between local residents, targeted especially at our children and young people," Ahok said on Monday (17/04).
"Management [of the park] will be assigned to [Asiana Group]."
Ahok, who recently returned to office following mandatory leave while campaigning in the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election, said the city still lacks much-needed public facilities.
"I want Jakarta residents to be healthy, which is why more open spaces are needed to cater to sporting activities," Ahok said. "The city also lacks playgrounds, sporting grounds and other [public] places to socialize."
"I fully support the plan to build TBS Park," he added.
Based on data from the city's Parks and Cemeteries Agency, South Jakarta lacks sufficient public spaces under a quota established by a provincial regulation.
There are currently 3,131 open spaces in the city, while South Jakarta only has 780 – well below the number stipulated in the provincial ordinance.
Asiana Group president director Loemongga Haoemasan said development of TBS Park is expected to be completed by early next year.
"Aside from making the city more breathable, we expect the space to be a center of social life for local residents," Loemongga said. "Construction on TBS Park will begin after Ramadan this year."
"Our budget has yet to be finalized, but we expect to spend no more than Rp 10 billion [$752,000], similar to the budget allocated for the Kalijodo park," she added.
Construction of TBS Park is estimated to cost around Rp 7 billion, not including the additional cost of acquiring development rights for the land.
The space will offer a skate park, wall climbing facility, multipurpose plaza, mosque, library and amphitheater, among other facilities.