The Penang Municipal Park was originally known as the Penang Youth Park, a recreation centre created to allow the youth to channel their abundant energy into healthy, physical activities. The Municipal Council of Penang Island with the then Chief Minister, Dr Lim Chong Eu, decided to turn the council land in Pesiaran Kuari into an urban park catering to the young. Together with youth and sports organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the Council converted the land into a youth park.
The Youth Park was officially opened on 26th February 1972. The sprawling 172 acres park was a former quarry ground located at Pesiaran Kuari, along Jalan Utama (formerly known as Jalan Western), a short distance from the Botanical Garden. In its initial phase, only 42 acres of the huge tract was developed and used to create the park, leaving the rest of the area untouched. In the 1980s, while the Council continued to improve the landscaping, provided the maintenance of and added amenities to the park, the NGOs organised activities to make the park attractive to the users.
In the next decade, the Council implemented a green campaign by planting more trees and initiating a flora and fauna conservation. By this time, the park was not just for the young but for the Penang people from all walks of life. It was then decided that the name of the park should be changed to reflect the changing time and use of the park. It had become increasingly clear that the developmental acreage was insufficient to meet the needs of the varied users of the park. To cater to the rising number of users, the Council made a decision to develop another 30 acres of the land bank. To do this, the Council had to compensate 61 illegal squatters living on the land. This settlement was completed in 2005.
Youthful Dreams Becomes Reality
Today, the Municipal Council Park is the largest hub of outdoor and recreational activities on the island. Its wide array of facilities and amenities cater to the needs of its visitors and regular users alike.