THREE recreational spaces in Damansara Utama are being upgraded at a cost of almost RM500,000.
More seating and pedestrian pathways will be constructed while the badminton and basketball courts at Jalan SS25/1, Jalan SS20/15 and Jalan SS23/37A will also be resurfaced.
A total of 24 parks throughout Petaling Jaya have been allocated funds for upgrading this year.
Damansara Utama assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin said a recent survey showed that 7.2% of the constituency was open space with most residents within 400m of a park or recreational area.
However, the study, which also included a random sampling of 500 people, showed that more than half of the respondents felt there were not enough recreation services or facilities in the area.
An even higher number disagreed with a statement that local parks are plentiful and well-maintained,
Respondents also said the parks’ lighting should be improved and regular maintenance conducted.
“I hope to see an increased council budget for recreational spaces,” said Yeo during a site visit with Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Landscape officers to Jalan SS23/37A.
“The contractors should deliver on time, although it appears that weather and soil conditions are hampering their work,” she added.
The drainage system will also be upgraded with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes, wrapped with water-absorbent material, placed in trenches to help channel excess water around the park.
“The water absorbent material will help prevent the grass areas from flooding during heavy rain,” said MBPJ officer Siti Hasmah Din.