Scenes of green can often be a hard find when it comes to city living. Jakarta, the capital city if Indonesia, is filled with skyscrapers, apartments, residences, shopping centres, and office buildings, making it hard for those who seek respite from modern living. Yet for such a big city, the parks offer up a great opportunity to take things slow.
1. Tebet Honda Park
Jl. Tebet Timur Raya No.10, RT.10/RW.10, Tebet Tim., Tebet, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12820, Indonesia
Tebet Honda Park, or formerly known as Tebet Park, was abandoned and forgotten for a long time. Fortunately, it became part of a revival project in 2010 when PT Honda Prospect Motor decided to collaborate with the Jakarta administration to convert and rejuvenate this 2.6-hectare park. This luxurious spacious park has facilities that cater to everyone. It has more than a thousand trees, a jogging track, children’s playground, a mini soccer field, and modern bridges.
2. Suropati Park
Jl. Taman Suropati, RT.5/RW.5, Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310, Indonesia
Suropati Park is Jakarta's oldest park and is considered a national treasure. It is located in the upscale Menteng residential area and like other parks, its main attraction is its rich floral ecosystem. It inherited its name from Suropati, a Balinese slave who rebelled and escaped from his Dutch master in 1684. A series of statues representing each of the original six members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) sits against the backdrop of greenery. These statues symbolise friendship, peace, harmony and fraternity. This park also has a paved path which is used for jogging track.
Additionally, you can join some of the activities that are held in Suropati parks, like the free yoga classes, aerobics classes, and violin practice on weekends. It's also doubles as a venue for showcasing the arts as there are plenty of music performances by local musicians and street artists.
3. Waduk Pluit Park
Jl. Pluit Tim. Raya No.12, RT.6/RW.5, Pluit, Penjaringan, Kota Jkt Utara, Jawa Barat 14450, Indonesia
The Waduk Pluit Park is located in Penjaringan, North Jakarta and it was originally treated as the slums. Over time, this once dirty area successfully transformed itself into a clean, welcoming and family-friendly park. This park in particular is great for avid runners and cyclists. Moreover, it's the perfect weekend spot for you to indulge in a bit of fishing!
4. Mangrove Forest
Jalan Garden House RT.8/RW.1 Kamal Muara Penjaringan, RT.8/RW.1, Kamal Muara, Penjaringan, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14470, Indonesia
Mangrove Forest is located in Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta. This nature park, renowned for its greenery and serenity, offers a relaxing and welcome respite from the somewhat monochromatic skyline of the city. Outdoor activities are aplenty at the Mangrove Forest as you can explore the forest over the river using a canoe or wooden boats and help in conservation efforts by planting mangroves. Interestingly, this nature park also allows you to stay overnight at the cottages nearby.
It’s amazing how a quick trip to the park can allow one to discover a whole new side to a city. Jakarta may be as modern a metropolis as they come, but it’s nice to see that it hasn’t forgotten about its rustic roots!