Monday, February 16, 2009

A Small Town Park

On the way to the Malaysian-Indonesian border recently I had the chance to drop by at the thriving town of Serian, a 25 minutes drive from Kuching city. Within a tight space of not more than 2 acres I noticed some amount of Federal funding has been spent on the landscaping and public amenities for the town's populace. I am happy to note the use of elephant ears( Alocasia ) in the planting detail giving the place a unique touch of the strange yet refreshing image of the wild into the typically sterile concrete jungle of small towns in Sarawak today as they race to catch up with the only two cities in Sarawak i.e. Kuching and Miri.

This open space is partially covered by a unique structure that I guess can be used for many functions like open air performances, official gatherings etc. But in my travels throughout Sarawak most of these open park amenities are hardly used because of budgetry constraints. We may have the funds to build physical infrastructure but lack much in 'filling the content' to these cultural spaces. The long walkways coloured red above intersect the park and I thought was practical since an attempt to overgrow it with two climbing plants species have started and may take sometime for the plants to crawl over the walkway superstructure.

This was the surprise . Handrails made of stainless steel seen at the edge of the park.


1 comment:

Protege said...

I love to come here and see palm trees in the middle of our never ending winter.;)
The stainless steel railing is cool.;))