Friday, January 18, 2008


Taman Ujana Rimba Tropika
- a park in centre of city


Taman Ujana Rimba Tropika at Penampang Road, about four kilometres from the centre of Kota Kinabalu, is a popular recreation spot for the city dwellers.
The location of this four-hectare public park is rather strategic since it lies in the urban territory and the centre of Government administration, next to the Sabah State Library, State Archive
Department, Geochemistry Department, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Agriculture and Fisheries Departments and several housing estates.
This park is funded entirely by the Country Landscaping Department, Housing Ministry and the local Government. The whole cost of the project, which started in 2001 and completed two years later, was RM12 million. Kota Kinabalu City Hall agricultural officer Salmah Aplasin said the park was officiated on April 12, 2003, and was handed over to the City Hall for management.
"The construction of this park is based on three concepts, which is for protocol events, recreation and learning activities," he said.
For protocol events, it is used as the site for the Sabah State Warrior's Day celebration each year, while the recreational asset of this park attracts the attention of nearby housing dwellers.
A three-month study by City Hall revealed that 73,300 people had visited the place to do exercise, jog, relax and play games.
Among the locations inundated by visitors are the walking track, children's playground, fitness area, the monument and pond areas, reflexology track and the stadium.
The park has indigenous jungle trees such as the binaung, laran, belian, seraya, menggaris and jati for learning activities. It is no wonder that this park is also frequented by university students who do their research there.
It also has resting huts, canteen, public toilets, surau (prayer room) and parking lots.
Shopkeeper Rita Rudianshah, 38, who comes from Taman, said the park offers a place to relax after a long day at work.
"I am attracted to the beauty of this park which is green and eco-friendly," said Rudi who just recently came to Kota Kinabalu.
Government servant Amran Haj i Dahlan, 40, from Sandakan said Taman Ujana Rimba Tropika emphasizes on greenery amidst the growing development of Kota Kinabalu city.