For those of you who want to enjoy nature tourism, you can visit the Tibang City Forest Park in Banda Aceh. This tourist attraction is very much visited by local and foreign tourists who come to the center of the capital city of Aceh.
City Forest Park in collaboration with the Banda Aceh City Government as the provider of land, Bank Negara Indonesia or BNI as the provider of funds and the Bustanussalatin foundation as the manager of the work.
Here you can enjoy various forest beauties. This urban forest has 4,000 species of trees or plants. Each tree names are written in Latin and Indonesian.
In this forest there are 19 types of ornamental plants and 20 kinds of butterflies. In addition there are also 25 species of birds that live, find food, and transit in the urban forest. The existence of these birds is one example of the existence of ecological functions, namely creating new small-scale ecosystems.
The city development initiative came from the late Banda Aceh Mayor, Mawardy Nurdin. This was done in response to the call for the development of environmental cadres from the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia to Kalpataru Award winners throughout Indonesia.
The urban forest which was built on 6.15 hectares of land serves to maintain ecology as an effort to promote Banda Aceh as a pollution-free green city, restore biodiversity, especially in areas heavily damaged by the 2004 Tsunami disaster.
In 2010, Indonesia’s sixth President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono planted a Trembesi tree (Samanea saman), which is a plant from the neotropic zone (neotropic ecozone) of the American continent, especially Latin America. This park was introduced in Indonesia by the Dutch to green the vast parks in the Merdeka Palace.
This forest has also been a host for various activities and activities, such as the Adipura Award Assessment Committee visit (2010), tree planting by Persaki (2010), planting Trembesi trees by former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, planting trees and Regional Distinctive Plants by 99 Mayor of Indonesia (2011), tree planting by the Aceh Environment Ambassador (2015).
This forest has a concept of tourism that is beneficial to the community, because it has facilities such as bridges, pedestrian paths, canopy bridges (Ramp Canopy Trail), bridges over mangroves (Mangrove Boardwalk), tree areas, mangrove ponds and fish breeding, there are also thematic parks and contemplation parks, parking areas, bridges, information and souvenir centers, toilets, mushallas, children’s playgrounds, observation posts, futsal and footballs for children, the archipelago’s mayor park and the basketball and volleyball court.
In addition to being a place of recreation, the forest is also used as a research location by several scientists who want to learn about plants. In addition, it is also used as a place to take pictures and enjoy the sunset.
If you want to visit, the City Forest is located in the village of Tibang, Syiah Kuala sub-district, not too far from the Mesra Intersection towards Krueng Raya. The location of this forest is a bit hidden, but there is a signboard location, written by BNI City Forest.
This forest is opened every day, from 8:00 to 18:30 WIB. There is no fee to enter this forest. In this forest there are also historical tombs or the tomb of the Kingdom of Aceh.