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Sembulan River Park to Get Facelift

The Sembulan River Park is set to undergo a facelift to attract more visitors to the city river canal.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew, who is also in charge of state Tourism, Culture and Environment, said the existing river park would be transformed into a more liveable area with businesses and boat ride activities.


Once completed, the Sembulan River Park is expected to become one of Kota Kinabalu city's prime recreation and entertainment precincts with a cleaner, safer, and visitor-friendly environment.


"The proposed boat ride will be yet another tourist attraction. Surrounding businesses will benefit from increased local and international patronage," said Liew after a visit today.


The river park, which was officially opened in 2012, would undergo the third-phase facelift project, covering the banks of the Sembulan and Karamunsing Rivers.


The project is jointly implemented by the state Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry and the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK).


Liew noted Mayor Nordin Siman would be meeting with nearby hoteliers and local fishermen to introduce and promote the 30-minute boat ride for tourists along the river canal.


"We hope the hotels will promote the service by encouraging their guests to go for the boat ride. Ferrying tourists along the 1.6 kilometres Sembulan River route for sightseeing will be a side income for the fishermen," she added.


Liew noted attention would be given to cleanliness, adding the DBKK will engage a local expert to clean up the Sembulan River.


To ensure the river is kept clean at all times, the local authorities will also be installing traps at strategic locations to prevent garbage from flowing into the Sembulan River.


Among other proposed improvements to be carried out are establishing a plaza with riverfront food and beverage kiosks, night market, upgrading the existing stage for cultural performances, and improved washroom facilities.


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