THE second phase of the Cheras Pudu Ulu Recreation Park in the city, which is currently under construction, will take about 12 months to complete.
Phase II, which costs about RM11mil, will feature some unique features including a wading pool for children, as well as a 700m walking deck that is unique to this park.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony, said the park was a perfect example of the city giving back to the community.
“We have been accused of giving land to developers for development, but this park is proof that is not true,’’ he said.
“This park is for the people and at the same time we ask the people to be our eyes and ears to help care for the park by becoming friends of the park and help us to improve,” Tengku Adnan said.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Landscape and Recreation Department director Mustafa Mohd Nor said the park, spanning 33 acres, was originally a green area with shrubs and lalang.
“There were no trees here, so land was levelled and it was agreed that the land be turned into a modern park with a walkway, boardwalk, bridges, benches and even a stage area,’’ he said.
“The wading pool will be a hit with the children especially during the hot season,’’ he said.
Mustafa said the first phase, costing RM20mil, was completed in 2007.
On Oct 26, 2013, the Friends of Pudu Ulu Park group was created to get the residents in the area to care for the park.
Friends of Pudu Ulu Park chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, who was also present at the groundbreaking ceremony, said the group was a platform for the community to care for the park as well take ownership of it.
“We will also engage with DBKL to communicate with the residents on matters pertaining to park management,” Lee added.
Also present at the event were Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin and several DBKL department heads.