PJ park undergoes rejuvenation work

(Front row, from left) Mohd Ikhshan, Mohd Zaid, MBPJ councillor Suraise Gengiah, MK Lands Holdings executive director Felina Mustapha Kamal, Mohd Azizi, Mustapha and Farah Mahami at the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony in Urban Park 1, Damansara Damai PJU 10.

URBAN Park 1 in the Damansara Damai PJU 10 area is undergoing rejuvenation under a new partnership programme between the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), developers and citizen groups.

Aside from being a part of the “Smart Partnership Programme Damai Community Anak Anak Ceria”, the park is also part of MBPJ’s new “iPlay Park Project” under the “PJ Kita” initiative.

MBPJ signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Medan Prestasi Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of developer MK Land; Kolej Perkembangan Awal Kanak-Kanak (KPAKK); Malaysia Social Enterprise Development Association (MSeDA); and the local residents’ representative council.

Urban Park 1, which has been around for about 18 years and measures 12ha in area, represents the first of such themed PJ Kita community parks to be built around Petaling Jaya, and is also a community engagement project, according to mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain.

“We need to start teaching our children to care for the environment while they are young and this project will help instil positive values in them.

“Each of the project partner will contribute not just financially but also in other ways,” said Mohd Azizi.

MK Land founder Tan Sri Dr Mustapha Kamal Abu Bakar has pledged RM100,000 to the project’s funding.

SMK Damansara Damai 1 student Hasya Sufiah Danisyah Omar Dani, 16, is one of several local children involved in the community project to rejuvenate Urban Park 1.

“This project tests our creativity, but we, as young children, can turn this forest park into a magical playground,” Hasya said, adding that she had lived there for 10 years, but had never ventured into the park.

Idaman Apartments Residents Association secretary Mohd Ikhshan Mohd Din praised the effort, as the park’s rejuvenation meant there would be less criminal elements in Damansara Damai.

The park is scheduled to be officially launched in November next year, according to MSeDA president Mohd Zaid Mohd Sharif.

KPAKK chief executive officer Farah Mahami Mustapha Kamal said those in Damansara Damai’s three schools were looking forward to utilising Urban Park 1, once rejuvenated, as an outdoor classroom.

The idea for these themed urban parks in the iPlay Park project, Mohd Azizi explained, came from studying community engagement initiatives in Petaling Jaya’s sister city of Bandung, Indonesia.

The next iPlay Park will be built in PJS 2.

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