The recently completed Beriksa Community Park in Itham Penang is the first park in the state to have two separate bicycle and jogging tracks.
The park has been built for nearly 30 years and is equipped with 18 outdoor sports equipment, eight solar lamps, several Tristan sandalwood trees and Malaysian Maine Jaya trees.
Zhou Kongyao, chairman of the State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Control Commission, said the project was in line with the state motto of a cleaner, greener, safer and healthier Penang Island.
"At the last meeting with the Penang City Council, I asked them to view vacant land in some states.
"With resources, the project can be replicated to other suitable open spaces without facilities," he said during a recent launch of Lebuhraya Thean Teik Park.
The upgrade of 3HA Park started on October 21 last year at a cost of 649 930 ringgit.
Two months later, it will be completed on December 20.
Rosmameni Othman, a 51-year-old resident of AirItam, often visits parks on weekends. He says people there benefit greatly from the equipment.
"People living nearby can make full use of sports equipment," she said.
In addition to the recently completed Taman Macallum project, Zhou said that other projects currently under way include Taman Bukit Kecil, Taman Pekaka, Taman Lebuh Nipah 2 and Taman Medan Nipah.
"We have also built pocket parks in Taman Robohan and Taman Baturan Chang," he said.
Ang Aing Thye, MPPP Secretary-General, said 1 ringgit.
Last year, $8 million was spent on upgrading Park facilities.
The launching ceremony begins with aerobic exercise.