Broader walkway: Sia (in wheelchair), Yeo (right) and Zuraidah Sainan (second right) on the bridge which used to be made up of steps. It is now a ramp which is accessible by wheelchair-bound park goers.
TAMAN Aman, located in Jalan 22/44, has become Petaling Jaya’s first fully disabled-friendly park, complete with tactiles, ramps and other barrier-free facilities.
The park has undergone some major changes, with ramps constructed and walkways widened from 1.5m to 2m.
MBPJ also installed a chess game piece at a park gazebo.
“We put in 230m of braille tiles to line the pathway throughout the park.
“It cost about RM320,000 in total to make the park disabled-friendly,” said Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Landscape Department director Zuraidah Sainan.
She said the upgrades would also see the construction of disabled-friendly toilets, which is currently in progress.
The pathway from the Taman Paramount LRT train station to the park will also be upgraded.
Entrances to the park have also been fitted with barriers to prevent motorcycles from entering.
“We built it so it will only be accessible to wheelchair-bound people but not motorcyclists,” she said.
MBPJ has allocated RM350,000 for the remaining work to be completed this year.
In total, MBPJ has allocated RM2mil to make other parks disabled-friendly.
In total, there are 464 parks under MBPJ’s jurisdiction with eight major parks, including Taman Aman.
The other seven parks are Taman Bandaran, Taman Jaya, Taman Rimba Riang, Taman PJS10, Taman Ara Damansara. Taman Urban Park and Taman Bukit Gasing.
Bukit Gasing is the biggest but it will not be made entirely disabled-friendly because it is meant more for trekking and hiking.
“We will try to come up with a design to enable disabled people to have some access to Taman Bukit Gasing,” said MBPJ councillor Sia Siew Chin.
Sia has been actively pushing for the upgrades at all parks since last year.
“I will also be asking for additional funding so that more parks can be made barrier-free,” she said.
Damansara Utama assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin said all public recreational facilities should be barrier-free as the elderly with limited mobility would also benefit.