Around eight years ago, I traveled to Surabaya to visit my cousin. She was a college student back then and still lived in a boarding house. She didn’t take me to many places but Suramadu bridge and some food courts. Some nights, she drove me around the city. I was happy but none of these actually really attracted me. I wasn’t fully impressed with Surabaya. Seldom I found green area in this city. It didn’t attract my eyes.
However, Surabaya has changed. Not entirely, but there are some significant changes for sure compared to my previous visit. When I traveled back some months ago, I saw more greeny parks everywhere provided with playground corners for children. It attracted my eyes as I am fond of plants and flowers. It’s always refreshing to see them. So, one of my request to Intan was to take me to one of these parks. Then she took me to Sakura park, the nearest park from her boarding house.
Sakura park is located in Kaliputih Sukolilo, Surabaya, near with the famous campus area, such as ITS. The park is quite wide, since it has 8 hectares though at the moment only around two hectares have been occupied. Hence, many flowers and plants are planted neatly according to the species. The vibrant colors of the flowers attract the butterflies to come over which make the park look beautiful. Then, there are jogging tracks and benches too in the middle of the park to take a rest. However, when I was there, I think the benches available were too few considering its wide. On the other side of the park, there are many bamboos planted neatly in line which people often called it bamboo wood. The bamboos are mostly up straight and tall, similar with the bamboos from Japan, I think.
Surprisingly, before 2004, the area of Sakura park and Bamboo wood used to be used as the garbage dump. Then in 2004, the garbage dump was relocated to Benowo thus the area was emptied. Until in 2013, the mayor of Surabaya, ibu Risma, has developed the area into Sakura park and Bamboo wood in order to decrease air pollution and also to make it as a public recreation that people can enjoy.
Seeing these changes, I can’t help myself feeling proud of the government of Surabaya, bu Risma as the mayor especially. I hope more leaders in this country like her, or like bapak Ridwan Kamil 😆. They do great job as the mayors, wholeheartedly.👍
Best time to visit :
not at noon I suppose. It’s hot!