Denpasar can now boast of its beautiful parks and landscape as the municipal government has been working hard to upgrade the city’s green spaces and streets. Several park development projects have been under way since last year, creating a new city atmosphere for Denpasar. A number of public parks, such as Taman Catur Muka, have had new facelifts with a newly renovated fountain to accompany the huge Catur Muka statue in the city center. Denpasar Mayor Ida Bagus Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra stated that he wanted to create a green and healthy city.
“Denpasar, as the capital of Bali province, must become a role model for city development,” the mayor said. Denpasar has established a heritage site along Jl. Gajah Mada, where old shop buildings are being preserved as part of the city’s heritage. The huge Pura temple and Badung traditional market have added cultural touches to this heritage area. Lines of frangipani trees have been planted along Jl. Gajah Made and other major streets in the city.
Several big dragon-shaped iron structures have been built on Jl. Muhammad Yamin in Renon, Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai and on Jl. Teuku Umar as frameworks for decorative potted plants and lighting. Ida Bagus Eka Jayana, head of Denpasar Landscaping Agency, said that Denpasar’s residents had a new attraction — the fountain at Catur Muka. Colorful lighting had been added to create stunning views during the evening. People would flock to the park to spend their leisure time, especially during weekends, he said.
“We are hoping to transform Denpasar into a beautiful, clean, green and attractive city for residents and visitors alike,” Jayana said. The mayor has high hopes of imitating Singapore in terms of providing public spaces for its residents. Sidewalks for pedestrians have been widened to give them more space to enjoy the city. “We want to make Denpasar a people-friendly city, as well as a culturally and environmentally friendly place,” the mayor said.
source : bali daily