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Penang City Park

The Penang City Park, also known as the Taman Bandaraya Pulau Pinang, is an urban park in the city of George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Penang City Park was known as Penang Municipal Park (Taman Perbandaran Pulau Pinang). Penang Youth Park (Taman Belia Pulau Pinang) was its original name.

Penang City Park is a recreational area and a green lung for the city's residents
Penang City Park is a recreational area and a green lung for the city's residents

Located near the Penang Botanic Gardens, the Penang City Park was opened in 1972 as a recreational area and a green lung for the city's residents. True to its name, the Penang City Park contains various recreational amenities, such as playgrounds, a skating rink, swimming pools, a graffiti corner, reflexology paths and an outdoor auditorium, all of which are open to the public. The park is maintained by the Penang Island City Council.

The idea for the establishment of a 'Youth Park' came into being in 1970, in response to concerns over juvenile delinquency and a lack of recreational areas. At the time, the area now known as the Penang City Park was an abandoned 40-acre granite quarry.

More facilities were added to the Penang City Park to increase recreational opportunities for the public
More facilities were added to the Penang City Park to increase recreational opportunities for the public

A proposal to establish a Youth Park was accepted by Lim Chong Eu, the then Chief Minister of Penang. A committee was subsequently formed to explore the idea and a groundbreaking ceremony was launched late that year. In the aftermath of the 1969 race riots in Kuala Lumpur, it was decided that the park should also embody Penang's multi-cultural heritage in the community of nature. Volunteers from the various schools and youth clubs within Penang were roped in for the groundbreaking event.

The Penang Youth Park, as it was known at the time, was officially declared open in 1972 by the then Governor of Penang, Syed Hassan Barakbah. At its opening, the park was equipped with an obstacle course, a skating rink and an outdoor auditorium. Over the years, as more funds were allocated to increase recreational opportunities for the public, more facilities were added to the park. Now, it also has a water park complete with fountains of various sizes and a cascade of pools.

Penang City Park Information Centre
Penang City Park Information Centre

The Penang City Park Information Centre (Pusat Informasi) is located off the entrance driveway as you enter the park. It provides details about the Penang City Park.

Reflexology Paths at the Penang City Park
Reflexology Paths at the Penang City Park

Reflexology Paths were built at the Penang City Park. Great stone work, lovely designs and pleasant surroundings are hall marks of the reflexology paths. Reflexology is an ancient healing art that applies pressure to specific areas of the feet referred to as reflexes. Reflexology is based on the principle that stimulating specific points on the feet can improve the functioning of corresponding organs, glands, and other parts of the body.

Water Park at the Penang City Park
Water Park at the Penang City Park

The Water Park at the Penang City Park has a variety of water sprouts and fountains. There are two swimming pools with natural spring water and a water park for the kids. The bathing pool and shower fountain can get quite crowded during the weekends.

Roller-Skating Rink is one of the earliest facilities at the Penang City Park
Roller-Skating Rink is one of the earliest facilities at the Penang City Park

Roller-Skating Rink is one of the earliest facilities at the Penang City Park. Roller-skating was extremely popular in the early 1970s, when the park was created. This is one of the earliest facilities for skating enthusiasts.

Outdoor Adult Fitness Parks at the Penang City Park
Outdoor Adult Fitness Parks at the Penang City Park

Outdoor Adult Fitness Parks at the Penang City Park provide opportunities for enjoyable physical exercise in an outdoor gym setting. It located directly beside park playgrounds, making a great family destination. Adults, young and old, can make good on their weekly exercise regime on the circuit of non-weighted training equipment.

The playground at the Penang City Park
The playground at the Penang City Park

The playground at the Penang City Park is very relaxing, with lots of grass and trees in the surroundings. Recreational equipment such as the seesaw, slide, jungle gym, chin-up bars and spring rider. This recreational equipment which help children develop physical coordination, strength, and flexibility, as well as providing recreation and enjoyment and supporting social and emotional development. Part of the Penang Hill provides a nice scenic backdrop. There are also benches where parents can sit, relax and watch their children play.

Penang City Park Street Art
Penang City Park Street Art

Penang City Park Street Art allowing people to paint on seven specially erected walls any form of art they so desire. Perhaps as a way to spearhead the project, a three-dimensional floor mural was installed at the playground of the park.

The Penang City Park is open daily. Free admission.

Trip Suggestion : 2 hours

 

Operating Hours : Daily

Admission Fee : Free

Address : Persiaran Kuari, Pulau Tikus, 10450 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

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