Kisah Heroik dibalik RTH Putri Kaca Mayang

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Tugu Bambu Runcing.

Bundaran di tenggara Masjid Agung An-Nur itu berhiaskan tugu bambu runcing berwarna kuning berlatar Universitas Riau tepat sejejar dibelakangnya. Aku terus mengarahkan Canon EOS M10 ku ke arah tugu hingga pengemudi ojek online datang memanggilku.

Sepertinya aku akan menghabiskan sore itu bersama warga lokal untuk menimati suasana kota di sebuah Ruang Terbuka Hijau (RTH) di tepian jalan protokol. Dari Masjid Agung An-Nur aku menuju selatan sejauh 4 kilometer dengan waktu tempuh 15 menit berkendara.

Jam empat kurang sepuluh menit aku tiba. Puluhan orang telah hanyut dalam suasana taman yang tenang walaupun raungan knalpot kendaraan menghiasi warna suara di sekelilingnya.

Taman dengan background The Premiere Hotel.

Unik, taman ini di belah oleh sebuah jalan pintas yang menghubungkan Jalan Jenderal Sudirman di timur taman dan Jalan Sumatera baratnya. Disematkan nama Jalan RTH Kaca Mayang, jalan ini membelah pendek sepanjang seratus meter saja.

Tempat duduk beton berkaki tiga, tempat sampah modern tiga kategori, Kanopi beton berbentuk jamur dengan atap hijau, sepasang area bermain pasir berwahana up-down stairs yang mengapit sebidang area peruntukan teater, pohon-pohon berdiameter kecil sebagai pertanda belum lama tertanam, jogging track dengan pola bersambung dari dua belahan taman serta dua jembatan kecil diatas aliran air yang cukup bersih adalah jenis fasilitas yang didudukkan pada taman seluas kurang lebih satu hektar ini. Itulah gambaran singkat RTH Putri Kaca Mayang yang bisa kutangkap.

Putri Kacang Mayang adalah satu dari delapan Ruang Terbuka Hijau di Pekanbaru yang dikenal sebagai taman paling ramah anak. Pemerintah daerah harus menggelontorkan dana sebesar enam milyar rupiah untuk membangun taman ini.

Penamaan taman sendiri diambil dari sebuah dongeng lokal yang dipercaya sebagai asal muasal Kota Pekanbaru. Putri Kaca Mayang konon digambarkan sebagai seorang putri nan cantik jelita yang dikemudian hari diculik oleh seorang raja Atjeh yang sakit hati karena pinangannya tertolak.

Panglima Gimpam yang merupakan tokoh terkuat di Kerajaan Gisab merasa harga dirinya diinjak-injak dengan peristiwa penculikan itu, karena Raja Atjeh dengan bantuan seorang penghianat berhasil mengelabuhi Sang Panglima yang telah bersiap menunggu pertempuran di batas kota, sedangkan musuh berhasil memasuki kerajaan melalui jalan lain yang sangat rahasia.

Tanpa pikir panjang, dikejarlah Raja Atjeh ini sendirian. Dengan kesaktiannya, Panglima Gimpam memporak porandakan seisi kerajaan musuh sendirian dan akhirnya dikembalikanlah Sang Putri kepadanya. Namun sayang, Sang Putri tak selamat pulang ke Kerajaan Gisab karena jatuh sakit di tengah perjalanan.

Itulah sepenggal kisah dari penamaan RTH Putri Kaca Mayang. Ternyata ada cerita klasik dibalik keindahan taman kota ini.

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Heroic Story behind Putri Kaca Mayang Park

Bambu Runcing Monument.

A roundabout in southeast of An-Nur Great Mosque is decorated with a yellow pointed bamboo monument with background of University of Riau right behind it. I continued to direct my Canon EOS M10 towards the monument until an online motorcycle taxi driver came to call me.

Looked like I would spend the afternoon with local residents to enjoy city atmosphere in a Green Open Space on edge of the protocol road. From An-Nur Great Mosque, I headed south for 4 kilometers with a 15-minute motor driving.

Ten minutes to four I arrived. Dozens of people have drifted into quiet atmosphere of park even though roar of vehicle exhausts adorned sound color around it.

A park with background of The Premiere Hotel.

Unique, this park is divided by a shortcut which connects Jenderal Sudirman Street in east of park and Sumatera Street in its west. It is pinned a name as RTH Kaca Mayang Steet, it is short splitting along a hundred meter.

Three-legged concrete seating, three categories of modern trash can, mushroom shaped concrete canopy with green roof, a pair of sand playful area with up-down stairs which flank a theater area, small diameter trees as a sign that they are recently embedded, jogging track with continuous pattern of two halves of park and two small bridges over a fairly clean water flow are types of facility which are seated in this one hectare park. That is a brief description of Putri Kaca Mayang park that I can catch.

Putri Kacang Mayang park is one of eight Green Open Spaces in Pekanbaru which is known as the most child-friendly park. Regional government has to spend USD 45,000 to build this park.

Park naming itself is taken from a local fairytale which is believed to be the origin of Pekanbaru city. Putri Kaca Mayang is said to be described as a beautiful princess who was later kidnapped by a king from Atjeh who was hurt because his marriage proposal was rejected.

Commander Gimpam who is the strongest figure in Gisab Kingdom feels his pride was trampled by princess kidnapping, because King from Atjeh with a help from a traitor had managed to fool him who was preparing to wait for battle at city borderline, while his enemy managed to enter the kingdom through another very path secret.

Without long thinking, King Atjeh was chased alone by him. With his power, Commander Gimpam destroyed the entire enemy kingdom alone and finally princess was returned to him. But unfortunately, Princess didn’t survive returning to Gisab Kingdom because of falling ill on the way.

That is a story piece of Putri Kaca Mayang Park naming. Apparently, there is a classic story behind beauty of this city park.