Additional 25-acres to be preserved as part of Taman Tugu Project04/09/2017
Commencement of Works at Surau Area30/09/2017
Commencement of conservation and landscaping works12/08/2017
Tender award for the Supply and Planting of Trees08/08/2017
Enactment of an Act specifically for Amanah Warisan Negara17/07/2017
Tender award for the Community Area and Hoarding17/07/2017
Signing of MOUs with ISIS-Malaysia and PPTD11/07/2017
The Taman Tugu Project is a multi-component not-for-profit corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) initiative led by Khazanah Nasional Berhad in collaboration with various public sector agencies, private sector companies, and civil society organizations through a Public-Private-Civil Society Partnership. Partners include Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (“DBKL”), Ministry of Federal Territories, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Economic Planning Unit (“EPU”), Public Private Partnership Unit (“UKAS”), Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (“FRIM”) Malaysian Nature Society (“MNS”) and other private organisations such as CIMB Bank Berhad.
On an overall basis, up to RM650 million has been set aside for the project covering the following four (4) components:
1Up to RM190 million for the conservation and activation of a 66-acre urban forest park
2Up to RM175 million to connect the surrounding area with pedestrian-friendly walkways
3Up to RM185 million to develop a public learning and innovation centre which will be known as Khazanah ILMU
4RM100 million for the establishment of a national public trust to own and manage the 66-acre urban forest park including operations, maintenance, partnerships, and community development up to 2030
Taman Tugu Park
The 66-acre urban forest park will offer a fresh public green space for the community to use, to enjoy, to experience, to own.
The park is envisaged to be a conservatory – preserving and protecting approximately 5,000 ethnic Malaysian rainforest trees, including endemic species.
Located next to Tugu Negara, the Taman Tugu park comprises walking and running trails, wet and dry play areas for kids, Malaysian eateries, an events space and a learning and innovation centre.
As part of a broader initiative to stitch the urban fabric of the city, the project includes development of connectors for pedestrians, cyclists and buggies.
These connectors seek to fix the “last-mile-connection” gap between the Kuala Lumpur Sentral railway station, National Muzium, Perdana Botanical Gardens, various cultural and historical sites along the Gardens, National Monument (Tugu Negara), the Taman Tugu park and the River-of-Life stretch in central Kuala Lumpur.
This publicly accessible space located within the site of the Taman Tugu park is envisaged to cultivate the spirit of Innovation, Learning, Mentoring and Unity within our community.
It will consist of a rainforest education centre, an art gallery, a library with study areas, work areas including maker spaces and purpose built areas for knowledge events such as talks, lectures and dialogues.
National Public Trust
The trust which has been named Amanah Warisan Negara (“AWAN”), will initially focus on the Taman Tugu park site – to own it and protect it into perpetuity as a public green space.
AWAN will also oversee the professional management and upkeep of the Taman Tugu park.
The longer term objective of AWAN is to potentially undertake more projects that involve the rejuvenation, rehabilitation and operations of selected public spaces.
Why the Taman Tugu Project?
Reducing our carbon footprint
Conserving a 66-acre secondary forest; Preserving >800 trees on site; Adding >4,000 new rainforest trees; all in the heart of the city.
Adding to public social-recreational spaces
A new outdoor attraction; free-to-use recreational facilities including > 5km of running and walking trails, children play areas, F&B and events spaces.
Making our city more pedestrian-friendly
Better accessibility across various historical, cultural and recreational sites circa KL Sentral, Taman Botani Perdana and Tugu Negara.
Contributing to continuous learning
A public library, art gallery and program spaces; free-to-attend programs for various age and interest groups; a volunteering platform to teach.
Appreciating our rainforests better
A rainforest education centre within a secondary forest in the city with periodically updated displays, exhibitions and talks.
Encouraging local start-ups
Co-working and maker-spaces along with mentoring programmes provide a platform for start-ups to start out.
Improving places of worship for the community
Enhanced Surau Jumaat and Hindu Temple to replace existing ones which were built decades ago.
Generating up to RM400m per annum for the local economy
This is assuming 10% of tourists to KL stays an extra ½-a-day; this means that the project will pay for itself in less than 2-years.
Taman Tugu Project Timeline
Conceptualisation and approvals
Public engagement and rakyat touch points
Identification of nurseries and preparation of trees at nurseries
Construction of structures on park site
Landscaping and forest regeneration on Taman Tugu park site
Completion of park community area (Surau Jumaat, Quarters and Stalls)
Completion of overall park
Detailed feasibility studies and identification of exact connector routes and landing points
Construction of connectors
Completion of all connectors sans KL Sentral Pedestrian Deck
Completion of KL Sentral Pedestrian Deck
Detailed feasibility studies, architectural design and space planning
Construction of Khazanah ILMU
Landscaping and forest regeneration on Khazanah ILMU site
Completion of Khazanah ILMU
Drafting of Trust Deed
Appointment of Trustees and submission of Trust Deed
Complete transfer of 66-acre Taman Tugu land into Trust