The Ministry of Local Government Development (KPKT) is committed to enhancing urban landscapes and promoting sustainable living by creating more green spaces, particularly public parks.
KPKT, with the cooperation of the National Landscape Department, has initiated various programs, including the development of public parks, which significantly impact the quality of life for the communities. These programs encompass the establishment of urban green infrastructure, such as public parks, federal parks, and botanical gardens.
The primary objective of the Development of Public Parks program is to provide recreational spaces for the public in every town, with a minimum area of 20 acres. Through this initiative, KPKT aims to promote a healthier lifestyle among Malaysians while enhancing green coverage within urban areas.
The comprehensive development of green areas within urban regions connects public focal points and urban spaces through a network of lush greenery. By creating this green infrastructure, communities gain access to recreational activities, exercise facilities, and an opportunity to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Below are some of the completed public parks projects by KPKT together with the National Landscape Department:
Some of the completed public park projects include:
- Taman Awam Tanjung Agas, Johor
- Taman Awam Ujana Tenggara, Johor
- Taman Awam Sg. Rambah, Johor
- Taman Awam Hutan Bandar Mutiara Rini, Johor
- Taman Awam Merdeka, Johor
- Taman Komuniti Kg. Melayu, Johor
- Taman Awam Bukit Lagi, Perlis
- Taman Awam Pantai Tg. Purun, Labuan
- Taman Awam Teluk Likas, Sabah
- Taman Awam Peremba, Kedah
- Taman Awam Batu 2, Sabah
- Taman Awam Sg. Petani, Kedah
- Taman Awam Tasek Temoh, Perak
Benefits of public parks and recreation in communities
Public parks and recreation can become the hearts of communities, especially in urban areas where access to parks is limited. Parks are more than green spaces that beautify a community; they provide access to a healthier and more active lifestyle. Exercising in parks can help reduce stress. Moreover, frequent visits to parks can help reduce depression and anxiety, thus contributing to improved mental health.
Green public parks that include trees can bring environmentally-friendly solutions into cities and neighbourhoods as they combat air pollution, which can be dangerous for communities. They act as urban lungs and provide urban cooling.
These green spaces not only contribute to oxygen production but also offer much-needed shade to the community, which is essential in mitigating the impact of the urban heat island effect. Naturally, the green parks within public parks serve an essential function in flood control.
Furthermore, parks that plant indigenous flora and fauna stimulate the recreation and tourism industries, attracting thousands of tourists and contributing, to some extent, to the local economy. They serve as significant sources of income for local communities, encompassing accommodation, food businesses, and crafts.
In conclusion, public parks are significantly important for improving communities. They help keep people healthy, benefit the environment, and contribute to the economic and environmental well-being of the communities. The creation of more public parks is a goal shared by KPKT and the National Landscape Department to enhance the overall livability of the communities.