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Tuesday July 28, 2009

Park to commemorate Paralympics launched

KUALA LUMPUR: A 4.9ha park to commemorate the Paralympic Games has been set up in Bukit Jalil with the planting of 2,000 trees.

Each tree will represent a medal up for grabs at the 5th Asean Paralympics to be hosted by Malaysia from Aug 15 to 19.

Malaysian Paralympic Council patron Tun Jeanne Abdullah said the name of every medallist would be written on a tag fixed to the tree, complete with the category of sports they had participated in during the games.

Tree of fame: Jeanne helping weightlifter Siow Lee Chan to plant a tree after launching the Paralympic Park in Bukit Jalil Monday.

“The Paralympic Park @ Taman Bukit Jalil will be the nation’s Hall of Fame for excellent Paralympic athletes.

“It is a mark of recognition for the Paralympics and for the disabled in general.

“The disabled have played their part in contributing towards the conservation of the environment and the beautiful landscape of the country,” she told reporters at the launching of the park here yesterday.

Jeanne said the park would also be developed as an ‘outdoor Paralympic gallery’, equipped with recreational facilities and exercise gadgets and showcasing events for the disabled.

The park was set up in co-operation with the Paralympic council, National Landscape Department and National Landscape Architect Institute.

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