STUDENTS living in Damansara Damai can now enjoy outdoor classroom facilities at the relaunched PJ Kita i-PLAY Park in Petaling Jaya.
The 4.86ha urban park is equipped with a library and reading space, a sandbox, an educational garden as well as games such as archery and petanque.
Apartment Impian resident Shahrul Mohd Shah said it was good to see the park opposite his home sporting a fresh look.
“This is the only park that we have in this area and before it was relaunched, it was quite neglected and unsafe for children.
“I’m glad to see that it has new facilities that go beyond the norm like the outdoor classroom.
“I will definitely continue bringing my children here. They will enjoy learning outside the classroom,” he said.
Saujana Damansara resident Norazizan Zainal Abidin said prior to the relaunch, she and her family would just jog around the park.
“There is a little park within our apartment complex, but we try to come here as often as we can because this park is only 1km away.
“Before it was relaunched, we would jog around the park twice a week, but the road was not well surfaced and it wasn’t safe for the children.
“Now that we can enter the park, the children can play and make sandcastles. But what we need now is toilet facilities,” she said.
Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain said a community hall with toilet facilities within the park would be completed and open to the public by year end.
“MBPJ will look after the park’s maintenance with the support of the Damansara Damai community as well as Malaysia Social Enterprise Development Association and Eijau Millenium.
“This park does not have regular slides, instead it has up-to-date facilities like games and spaces for the children to do their homework or read.
“I hope the children and community will have a sense of belonging for this park,” he said.
PJ Kita i-PLAY Park, one of four parks in Damansara Damai that is open to the public, was relaunched as part of an initiative by MK Land Holdings, which has been the developer of the area since 1998.
MK Land Holdings president Felina Mustapha Kamal said she hoped this urban park would set an example for other cities to follow.
“Damansara Damai has an estimated population of 60,000 people.
“If 10% of that figure are children, imagine how much need there is for an urban park that caters to them.
“Parks like this one will enable children to enjoy nature and be a good example for other townships,” she said.