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.
The Taman Tugu Project is a multi-component not-for-profit corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) initiative led by Khazanah Nasional Berhad (“Khazanah”) in collaboration with various public sector agencies, private sector companies, and civil society organizations through a Public-Private-Civil Society Partnership.
The project covers the following four (4) components:
1Conservation and activation of a 66-acre urban forest park, Taman Tugu
2Connecting the surrounding area with pedestrian-friendly walkways
3Development of a public learning and innovation centre which will be known as Khazanah ILMU
4Establishment 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
A preliminary budget of up to RM650million was earmarked for the project when launched in September 2016.
The budgeted amount includes RM150million set aside for operations and activation up to at least 2030 thus ensuring that the project components are well utilised and maintained upon completion.
The remaining amount meant for developing the urban forest park, the connectors and Khazanah ILMU is being reviewed on an ongoing basis to ensure cost efficiency and relevance of each and every component in delivering value in the most effective way possible. These revisions are done taking into consideration views from various stakeholders, feasibility studies and leveraging on other development projects (e.g. cancellation of the KL Sentral – Taman Botani Perdana pedestrian deck but enabling free access via the Muzium Negara MRT Station).
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
Surau-Jumaat Community Area, Hiking Trails, Hindu Temple and Park Maintenance Office
Camping Site, Observatory Deck, Cafe and Retail, Elevated Jungle Walk, Lake, Wetland Area, Water Play Area, Lakeside F&B and Parking, and Events Space
Detailed feasibility studies and identification of exact connector routes and landing points
Construction of connectors
Completion of all connectors
Detailed feasibility studies, architectural design and space planning
Construction of Khazanah ILMU
Landscaping and forest regeneration on Khazanah ILMU site
Drafting of Trust Deed
Appointment of Trustees and submission of Trust Deed
Complete transfer of 66-acre Taman Tugu land into Trust