They feel it is important to have an area where they can not only exercise, but also mingle and socialise.
Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping hopes that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) can upgrade the field to include a jogging track.
“Many elderly folk here would like to take a morning walk and they can make use of the track,” he said.
“This field has been underutilised since 10 years ago when people first moved into the PPR.”
In the meantime, Yee said many residents had to use the Kepong Metropolitan Park located 3km away for recreation and exercise.
“It is rather inconvenient due to the distance and it is not safe for the elderly folk to walk to the park,” he said.
Resident Liew Yai, 83, used to take a morning stroll to Kepong Metropolitan Park but stopped doing so after an unfortunate incident two years ago.
“I was walking to that park one morning when I fell victim to snatch theft.
“I was traumatised and stopped frequenting that area.
“I hope DBKL can fulfil our request for a park to be built here,” she said.
Yee said the field, once upgraded, would also help foster stronger community ties among the different races in the neighbourhood.
“This area is home to families from various backgrounds. This park can serve as a platform for them to mingle and get to know each other,” he said.
Another resident, Chan Tin Pong said the field, if upgraded, would benefit the young generation by providing them with a space to play.
He also hoped that more concrete benches could be provided on the ground floor of each block.
“Many residents, especially the elderly ones, like to sit on these benches and have a chat.
“Currently each block only has two or three of such benches.“If DBKL can provide us with more, we would be most grateful,” said Chan, 64, adding that the residents had to make do with discarded old furniture for additional seats.
StarMetro visited the field and found that it had a futsal court as well as a small playground, with sufficient space for additional upgrades.
There are three blocks at PPR Pekan Kepong, with a total of 948 units.
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