SEVEN parks in Petaling Jaya will be upgraded and revamped this year, starting with the weather-beaten one in Jalan SS2/62.
The other six are located in Jalan SS21/12, Jalan SS24/16, Jalan SS26/9, Jalan SS4C/8, Jalan SS25/1 and Jalan SS20/14.
“Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has allocated about RM950,000 for upgrading all the seven parks,” said Damansara Utama assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin.
She said there were a total of 72 parks in her constituency but the budget was only enough to upgrade seven parks this year.
“In the plans are new playground and outdoor exercise equipment, new walkways and the installation of underground drywell tanks to store water when it rains,” she added.
According to the council, the drywell helps to prevent the grassy areas from becoming waterlogged after a downpour.
Currently, the Jalan SS2/62 park has broken playground as well as exercise equipment and poorly maintained walkways.
Yeo said these facilities would be replaced during the upgrading process, and estimated it to cost about RM180,000.
“The tender process will happen soon,” she said.
She has a five-year plan to upgrade all parks in the Damansara Utama constituency, which means about 14 parks will be upgraded each year.
However, MBPJ does not have enough funds to upgrade so many parks in one year.
In 2014, MBPJ managed to upgrade about eight parks in the constituency.
The budget allocations for upgrading the remaining parks are between RM85,000 and RM150,000 each.
Out of the seven, three of the parks have been labelled as “padang cergas” (active field).
For a park to be given the “active field” status, MBPJ has to equip it with a gazebo, proper lighting and proper seating area complete with an outdoor playground and outdoor gym.
Three such parks to be upgraded are in Jalan SS21/12, Jalan SS24/16 and Jalan SS26/9.