Riverbank Park will enhance Batu Kawa landscape

Cranes lift the skybridge to connect two structures at the park.

KUCHING: The newest landmark in Batu Kawa – Riverbank Park, when completed, will transform the landscape of the riverine area.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said a skybridge, connecting two structures at the park has been installed by the contractor.

“The final piece is in place, which is a historical moment for Phase 1, Batu Kawa Riverbank Park. I was told by the consultant architect that it is a technical challenge to lift a 28-tonne skybridge eight storeys high.

“Once all the phases have been completed, they will rejuvenate the area into a two-kilometre river-side park stretching from Batu Kawa Old Town to Kampung Rantau Panjang.

“It will not only be for Batu Kawa folk but also other residents of Kuching to enjoy,” he said in a Facebook post.

Dr Sim said Phase 1 and 2 of the project was funded by the Sarawak government and implemented by the Padawan Municipal Council (MPP).

He added that Phase 4 of the project was reinstated by Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government after its funding was withdrawn by Pakatan Harapan (PH) when it was the federal government. This is implemented by MPP and the work has commenced.

“Meanwhile for Phase 5 at Kampung Rantau Panjang, it is funded by the Sarawak government and implemented by the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID).

“I was told that the contractor will start work once materials have arrived from China. Phase 3 will link all these four phases with a glass bridge over Sungai Moyan,” he said.

Dr Sim said the Riverbank Park will be one of the tourism landmarks in the city.