GREEN LUNG:Taman Rimba Lembah Pantai, covering 34.6ha, is the largest park in the city
THE 34.6ha Taman Rimba Lembah Pantai in Bukit Kerinchi is expected to be opened to the public by next month.
Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said works on the nature park was over 80 per cent completed.
"The park will feature a hiking trail which mountain bikers can use too," he said here recently.
Raja Nong Chik said the park was the largest nature park in the city and will serve people living in Lembah Pantai well. Their option for recreation all this while had been the Perdana Botanical Gardens which was the closest.
The development of the park, carried out in three phases, is said to cost RM20 million.
The upgrading involves installation of lighting, construction of parking bays, pedestrian walkways, drainage systems and facilities for the disabled.
The park is also expected to house a management office and have various facilities such as benches, wooden bridges, signages and landscaping.
Nong Chik also said the area will be free of development as the Federal Territory Land and Mines Office has given its approval for the area to be gazetted as a green lung.
Other nature parks in the city include the Bukit Kiara Park and the Bukit Nenas Forest Reserve.
There are 15 big public parks managed by City Hall and some 100 pocket parks in the city.