THE 10-year-old Butterfly Park in Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2, Klang is in a sorry state.
Its playground equipment are broken, the pavement tiles are damaged, grass is overgrown, and trees are not pruned.
Even the ground is waterlogged.
Residents from six neighbourhoods nearby have complained that the park would become waterlogged after a downpour, making it difficult for them to walk or conduct recreational activities there.
They claimed that all complaints to the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) on the lack of maintenance had fallen on deaf ears.
Batu Nilam 23 Residents Association chairman Low Swee Kim said the developer of Bandar Bukit Tinggi 2 created the popular park for the benefit of the 2,000 residents in the area.
“Seven housing estates are located around the park and it is a common facility for the public including those from other parts of Bukit Tinggi.
“It is a huge park that can accommodate thousands of people at a time,” he said, adding that it was also equipped with basketball, sepak takraw and badminton courts.
Low said there was a general lack of cleanliness at the park due to ineffective services provided by contractors hired by the council.
He said the park was infested with mosquitoes that bred in water puddles around the area.
“We fear the situation will contribute to the rise in dengue cases,” he said, adding that street lights were also inadequate.
Sentosa assemblyman Gunaraj R. George, took council officers to see the condition of the park following residents’ complaints.
He said MPK should not only maintain the park but must also upgrade it.
He admitted that the council had done some cleanup at the park since the recent general election.
Gunaraj said the park was huge and served as a centralised community recreational centre for the whole of Bukit Tinggi and the surrounding townships.
“It has courts for sporting activities as well as a jogging track. It has been set up with a very good concept and I can understand the public’s unhappiness when they see it in poor condition,” he said
MPK Engineering Department head Zamri Othman said a major rehabilitation would have to be done such as raising the ground of the park with earth to solve the flash flood problem permanently.
“We need a very big budget to do that, but we will utilise the available funds to carry out temporary repairs,’’ he said
Gunaraj said the council was facing financial constraint and required backing from other parties.
“We will talk to the developer on the possibility of getting them to come in as part of its CSR project.
“We will also look into the possibility of getting aid from the Selangor government,” he said.