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All We are Saying: Give Peace a Park

Plans Restarted to Build Peace Park at Sari Club Bali Bombing Site

(10/14/2013) 

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Plans for the location of the former Sari Club, destroyed by a terrorist bomb on October 12, 2002, to become a memorial park have resurfaced again.

The bombing leveled the Sari Club and badly damaged Paddy’s Bar, located a short distance away, leaving 202 dead and scores badly injured.

Past efforts to build a park in the now vacant plot of land have been thwarted by land ownership and funding issues.

Djinaldi Gosana, the spokesman for the Bali Peace Park (Taman Perdamaian Bali) in Kuta told the State News Agency Antara on Saturday, October 12, 2013: “Through the construction of this park we hope to commemorate the event. For foreigners this is very important, especially for those who lost family members.”

The latest plan for the park included a place of worship for Moslems, Catholics, Protestants, Hindus and Buddhist. “This is the concept we which to put forward as an response to those who wanted to use the bombing to destroy national unity," said Djinaldi.

Australian Made Wijaya has been selected to design the park. He says the park will draw its inspiration from an Australian arts group who plant tens of bamboo in such a manner that they create a wind-chime effect.

Wijaya told the press that the wind-chime at the Bali Peace Park would be made of metal for durability. A garden wall will feature the names of the 202 who died in the Bali bombing.