RESIDENTS in Relau, Penang, like to spend their weekends at the Metropolitan Park which has much to offer.
Many can be seen relaxing with their family members or friends at the public park located off Lebuh Relau 4.
Businesswoman Shelia Masturi Kassim, 54, said she enjoyed the serenity of the park.
“I love jogging along the trails with my sister or on my own in the morning.
“The park is clean and well-kept,” she said, adding that she sometimes took part in the aerobics sessions there.
Administrator Aida Rozila Abdul Latiff, 38, said the public park was suitable for her children.
“We don’t come here all the time but it’s nice to bring them with their cousins to swim in the free public pool,” said Aida Rozila.
Other visitors can be seen using the exercise equipment placed throughout the park.
Recently, state Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Chong Eng visited the site to create awareness about the park and its recreational facilities.
“The Penang Island City Council, which manages the park, has added diaper- changing and breastfeeding rooms this year,” said Chong Eng.
Council mayor Datuk Patahiyah Ismail said the 72ha park cost RM400,000 annually to manage.
“The public are welcome to use the park facilities while schools and the private sector can hold their events at the park.
“The park can accommodate up to 400 people at any one time,” she said, adding that bookings could be done through www.etempahan.mbpp.gov.my.
Visitors to the park can also take part in line dance sessions on Sundays from 7.30am to 11am and on Tuesdays from 8.30am to 10.30am.
They can also attend aerobics sessions on Thursdays and Sundays from 6pm to 7pm while tai chi sessions are held every day from 7am to 9am and qi gong sessions on Sundays from 7am to 9am.
The park is open daily from 7am to 7pm and admission is free.