A PROJECT naming competition for the Lebuh Sungai Pinang 7 neighbourhood park in Bandar Sri Pinang is open to Malaysians aged 12 years and above from today until Feb 22 (5pm) this year.
State Youth and Sports Committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said only one winner would be selected by a jury panel for the RM1,000 prize money and all contestants would be given a participation certificate each.
The three-acre Lebuh Sungai Pinang 7 neighbourhood park is the pilot project initiated by Penang Stadium Corporation and Open Spaces (SCOS) since it was formed last year.
“Since the ground-breaking ceremony was officiated by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow on Oct 4 last year, the work progress has reached 65%,” Soon, who is also a board member of Penang SCOS, told Buletin Mutiara today.
“The project should be ready by June this year. As it is, 100 car parks have been built.
“The name of the project should reflect the elements of the Sungai Pinang neighbourhood, its greenery, recreation and sports. It must be attractive, clear and easy to understand.”
Also present were two-term Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim and Penang SCOS executive director Mohamed Akbar Mustapha, who was formerly the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) director for community services, parks and recreation and director for management services.
Lim said she was proud that the project is becoming a reality for the benefit of the residents in the growing township of Bandar Sri Pinang.
She said the Karpal Singh Drive, which is near the park, is very popular with joggers.
“It’s good that youths can get to take part in the naming contest. I’m glad that there is such a park in the city.
“With two more condos coming up in Bandar Sri Pinang, the creation of the park is just timely.
“We don’t have enough recreational parks but at least this new park will enable the people to enjoy the facilities, exercise, and release some tension.
“The setting up of the park is also in line with the Penang2030 vision which is to make Penang a ‘Family-Focused Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation,” Lim said.
Mohamed Akbar highlighted the components of the park such as Tree Bank, Therapeutic Garden, Butterfly Garden, Family Square, Silver Garden, Forest Pavilion, outdoor gym and car park.
“At the Tree Bank, we’re planting endangered trees like Gelugor, Jelutong, Malayana and Ara.
“Then, at the Therapeutic Garden, we want to create a sense of smell. Here, we have planted 30 to 40 tecoma trees.
“Now, we are moving to the Butterfly Garden and we will grow jasmine and have sculptures of butterfly,” said Mohamed Akbar.
He added that there would be a yin and yang concept at the Family Square and also a playground for children at the Forest Pavilion.
For those interested to take part in the project naming competition, competition forms are obtainable from the MBPP counter at Level 3, Komtar, Penang, or via the link https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NMH1ZYwxVrZ_isLBB2El9_75Jvqji7Go?usp=sharing.
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Story by K.H. Ong
Pix by Alissala Thian