The Penang Municipal Park was formerly known as the Penang Youth Park (2 November, 2012)
The Penang Municipal Park (GPS: 5.42548, 100.30068) or Taman Perbandaran Pulau Pinang, is a huge park at the edge of George Town. Better known as the Youth Park, this recreational park for the people of Penang is accessed by a single one-way route, entering through Persiaran Kuari. The Municipal Park was born from quarry land and was created in the early 70's, to provide a recreational area for youths. In its earliest incarnation, the Youth Park, as it was called at that time, had a skating rink (which it still has) and an outdoor auditorium. There was also a place for archery and hiking.
Entrance to the Penang Municipal Park (10 June 2006)
Over the years, as more funds were allocated to increase recreational opportunities for the public, more facilities were added to the park. Now, it also has a water park complete with fountains of various sizes and a cascade of pools.
The Municipal Park is managed by the Penang Island Municipal Council, or Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang, the council that looks after the whole island. In addition to the Municipal Park, the council also manages the Metropolitan Park in Relau.
Verdant walkway, Penang Municipal Park (10 June 2006)
Now let's take a walk about to explore the Penang Municipal Park.
Park Information Centre
The Information Centre, or Pusat Informasi, is located off the entrance driveway as you enter the park. It provides details about the municipal park.
Penang Municipal Park Information Centre (2 November, 2012)
Penang Municipal Park Chess Set
Penang Municipal Park Chess Set (2 November, 2012)
There is a giant chess set for the public to use. Moving the heavy chess pieces about is in itself a form of exercise!
Unusual leaf, Penang Municipal Park (10 June 2006)
A fun place for kids to play with water, the water park at the Municipal Park has a variety of water sprouts and fountains, a good way to cool off on a hot day. This area can get quite crowded during the weekends.
Bathing pool, Penang Municipal Park (10 June 2006)
Shower fountain, Penang Municipal Park (10 June 2006)
Water park at the Penang Municipal Park (10 June 2006)
Kids enjoying themselves at the pools of the Penang Municipal Park (10 June 2006)
Water sprouts, Penang Municipal Park (10 June 2006)
In addition to the water sprouts at the water theme park, there are also a number of fountains within the grounds of the Municipal Park.
One of the fountains at the Penang Municipal Park (10 June 2006)
Penang Municipal Park Fountain (2 November, 2012)
Resembling the Super Trees at Singapore's Gardens By The Bay, these rattan sculptures in the public grounds of the Municipal Park are much smaller in size.
Super Trees, Penang Municipal Park (2 November, 2012)
Roller-skating was extremely popular in the early 1970s, when the park was created. This is one of the earliest facilities at the park.
The Youth Park Roller-Skating Rink, Penang Municipal Park (2 November, 2012)
As reflexology becomes popular, particularly among the senior population, a number of reflexology paths were built, some of which sponsored by corporate bodies, social clubs and even private individuals.
Reflexology Park, Penang Municipal Park (2 November, 2012)
Another route of the Reflexology Path (2 November, 2012)
Penang Municipal Park Street Art
To provide canvas for expression, the state is allowing people to paint on seven specially erected walls any form of art they so desire. Perhaps as a way to spearhead the project, a three-dimensional floor mural was installed at the playground of the park. Click the thumbnail below to see a list of street art now installed at the park.
The following are other sights within the vicinity of the Penang Municipal Park which you may also consider exploring. The sights are arranged according to their sequence as you enter Jalan Kebun Bunga.
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