For those who need to do their brisk walking of 10,000 steps, this is indeed a tranquil park with bicycle and jogging paths, lotus ponds, splendid views and even a pebble beach, you will enjoy Taman Wawasan which is located in the northern section of Putrajaya’s core island area in Precinct 2.
The park is bordered by the Putrajaya Lake and canal on one side, while along the western side is the hard-edged city fabric of the wide and beautiful boulevard.
Taman Wawasan or Visionary Park, literally translated, was conceptualised to be Putrajaya’s principal metropolitan park. Other attractions to this park is a bird aviary, three-themed adventure playground which focuses on the elements of park, water and forest, a park promenade, light beacons, gazebos and headland areas.
Taman Rimba Alam is straddled between Precinct 14 and 15 on the eastern section of Putrajaya. The park is bordered by the diplomatic enclave and the residential areas in both precincts. Basically, this is a forest, but not a dense one. Taman Rimba Alam or Nature’s Forest Park is a showcase of urban forestry combining a sustainable tropical forests eco-system with a metropolitan recreational park. In short, it is a forest park with horse riding paths running along the ridges and hilltops on the eastern edge of Putrajaya.
Taman Ekuestrian Putrajaya (TEP) is located in the Southeast section of Precinct 5. TEP is built on an estimated 70-acre spread overlooking the lush Putrajaya greenery and can be found at the edge of a hilltop where prestigious Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) sits. Taking advantage of these natural surroundings, TEP provides an attractive location for riders to experience new environment and sporting background for leisure and competitions.
Horse Riding School is open to public and students of all ages are welcomed. Operation Hours: 7:45am - 1145am | 4:15pm - 7:15pm (Close on Mondays). Contact 03 - 8881 1271 to get riding lessons.
Finally, it is any writer’s inspiration to be in Taman Putra Perdana or Putra Perdana Park which is located in Precinct 1, within walking distance from Putrajaya Shangri-La Hotel. This is a public park and is open to all without any admission fee. You can walk about enjoying the environment, or just do bird watching. Heck, you can also do people watching at the park. If you are a guest of the Shangri-La Hotel, ask the reception about this park as it is within walking distance from the hotel. With a large area of about 158 acres, you will find this park a good place to unwind. This park is an ideal location to enjoy a panoramic view of Putrajaya.
There are about 54 species of shade trees planted in this park. On top of that, there are also 17 palm species, 63 kinds of shrubs, 19 species of groundcover and ferns, and 5 species of climbers. Other colourful plants include the yiang yiang, frangipani and Kedah gardenia.
Take the opportunity to stop by Fragrance Garden where you can smell the nice aromas of plants such as the Gardenia Jasminoides, also known as Bunga Cina. Others include the Melati or Wrightia Religiosa, Cempaka Telor or Magnolia Coco. These flowers are usually used during big celebrations and weddings to add natural fragrance to the place.
Joggers will be glad that there are over 2km of jogging tracks and pathways that are built around this park. Enjoy your jog in this clean park but remember to bring drinking water and cap if you are jogging the the afternoon. Late evening is the best time to jog as the environment will be cooler.