Prestasi Park or Frustration Park?

Prestasi Park

Since 2007, Surabaya has achieved some proud of developing the public parks. Leafless zones have been conjured up to beautiful gardens. Few gas stations that built on green area were removed in favor of “Surabaya Goes Green” ambition. Like Flora Park, Bungkul Park, ITS forest, etc. But one we’re talking about now is Taman Prestasi (Achievement Park).

The Tourism Service of UPTD THR/Taman Prestasi has handled it since 2007. This garden has been getting much better from the time when it established in 2004.

Located at Ketabang Kali Street, Prestasi Park has built on about 6,000 square meters. This is a good place where whole family can relax themselves. Inhale the pure air (thanks to 21 kind of plants here). Enjoy the toys. Experience some adventures.

There are playing grounds for children, and also small single-engine plane monument that can climb on. “My kid loves so much to play pilot on this plane,” said a mother to Warung Fiksi.

And, look at on the west side! The flow of Kalimas river splitting Surabaya City. Yes, we are welcome to do a river adventure there. But don’t expect any adrenaline engaged like you do when rafting. Kalimas is unruffled river.

On Sunday, you just need to pay 2,000 IDR to circle around some part of Surabaya via Kalimas river by a boat. And in other days, you have to find some companions first. Because the boat will be operated by booking order.

To book this rowing/motor boat whose name is Perahu Naga (dragon boat) you must understand budget for gasoline and the boat driver. “From here to Jembatan Merah Plaza, for instance. A boat could use up the gas up to 200,000 IDR. Give the driver 50,000. So it’ll be total 250,000 IDR for approximately 5 kilometers trip,” explained Fery, The Tourism Service of UPTD THR/Taman Prestasi’s staff.

Not so expensive, right?

Beside destination JMP, another usual routes are Prestasi Park-Ngemplak, Prestasi Park-Submarine Monument (Monkasel), and Prestasi Park-Petekan Bridge.

You don’t like sailing? Fine. You can still enjoy the fresh air in Prestasi Park, jogging, or horse-ride. We don’t know how it runs today, but the tariff was 3,000 IDR per head, per circle. And it used to be the children who ride on. For adults? Don’t worry, there are more things to do in this garden.

Prestasi Park is not only living in the daylight. After sun goes down, one by one the young men and women come up, flirts each other. The view of people hug and kiss are easy. “Some says this is Frustration Park, rather than Prestasi Park, because it’s been such place for cope the frustration with the one we love,” smiled Ayu, someone who came with her couple.

Then we confirmed this to Fery. He didn’t deny it, either affirmed it. “If some people come into this place with his lover, can we forbid them? Moreover, they paid for entering this park.”

“Ah, come on!” we debated him, “Since it no longer held by the Garden Service, everybody in-outs this park gratuitously, don’t they?”

Silent. He had no comment. However, Fery guarantees there won’t be any immoral action in the Prestasi Park he guards. For your information, Fery had been working in Taman Prestasi for four years now.

However, maybe Fery just doesn’t know the change from Prestasi Park became Frustration Park has been quiet popular for ones who “dating” here.


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