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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

No more peace at Kiara Park

Many of the works sites at the Lembah Kiara Recreation Park in Taman Tun Dr Ismail have not been properly cordoned off and can pose a danger to visitors. — Photos by ART CHEN

Many of the works sites at the Lembah Kiara Recreation Park in Taman Tun Dr Ismail have not been properly cordoned off and can pose a danger to visitors. — Photos by ART CHEN

A RELAXING jog at the Lembah Kiara Recreation Park in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur is shattered by construction din from as early as 9am.

A visit by StarMetro revealed that the upgrading work taking place at the park can pose a danger to visitors.

Heavy vehicles such as a cement lorry and crane were seen in the park grounds when joggers and small children were there.

Exposed wires and pruned tree branches also posed a danger.

Personal trainer Jeffrey Sylvester, 38, said the upgrading work was not properly cordoned off.

“Some of the worksites are actually quite dangerous especially to children who tend to wander off.

This uncovered drain hole is a potential hazard at the  Lembah Kiara Recreation Park in Taman Tun Dr Ismail - Art Chen/ The Star, 6 Jan 2013.
This uncovered drain hole is a potential hazard at the Lembah Kiara Recreation Park in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

“There are many small crevices where kids can fall through and hurt themselves,” he said.

He also said the work should have been done in phases so that the park would not be affected.

Regular visitor T. Menon, 60, who brings special needs children to the park, said the contractors should put up more signs to alert visitors about the work.

“There are some areas like the bridge where visitors are not allowed. But there is only one ‘no entry’ sign and it is on the other side of the bridge. We only see the sign after we have made it to the other side.

“I commend the National Landscape Department for the upgrade but precautions should be taken to ensure the safety of visitors,” she said.

The park’s water lily pond also looked like it could become a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes.

A sign at the entrance to the park stated that upgrading work scheduled from August last year is due to end by April this year. ­

Tags / Keywords: Central Region , Family Community , lembah kiara recreation park , ttdi , upgrade , unsafe

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