ANOTHER beautifully landscaped park has been built in Klang, this time in Taman Klang Jaya and it is called Ikeda Peace Park.
Costing over RM600,000 and measuring 792sq m, this park is built by Soka Gakkai Malaysia’s Selangor branch in collaboration with Klang Municipal Council (MPK).
As Klang moves towards becoming a low carbon city by 2027, building parks and pocket parks all over Klang is one of MPK’s many plans to create a green and sustainable town.
Last month, MPK launched two pocket parks at the junction of Persiaran Raja Muda Musa and Jalan Kem, Port Klang.
Another project done in collaboration with MPK is the retention pond-turned-lake park in Gravit8 in south Klang by Mitraland Group.
MPK president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin said the local council always welcomed such collaborations with either non-governmental organisations or private companies to build and maintain more parks in town.
“The lake park in Klang used to be a retention pond but together with the developer, it has been turned into a 3.2ha park that can be used by everyone and not only for those living within the development, ” he said after launching the Ikeda Peace Park on his last day of service in MPK.
Before bidding farewell after serving four years at the helm of the municipal council, Yasid talked about a few projects that had been approved and lined up for next year.
Among them was the Padang Chetty redevelopment project in Jalan Bukit Jawa, for which RM2.5mil has been allocated and it is slated for a total revamp next year.
“Also in the pipeline is the construction of a RM3.5mil park in Meru, besides tree planting projects at all main roads in Klang to rejuvenate the town’s landscape, ” said Yasid, adding that RM4mil had been allocated for tree planting.
Yasid had also mooted plans to work with developers on beautifying roundabouts by planting more trees and improving the landscape.
During the launch of Ikeda Peace Park, Yasid said MPK would fence it up along with the rest of the public field in Taman Klang Jaya, which the Ikeda park occupies.
“This is more for safety reasons because we do not want such a beautiful park to be vandalised and abused by irresponsible people.
“With the fencing, we can also deter crime, especially theft, as there are bushes at the fringes of the park where thieves can hide, ” he said.
The peace park takes up a small portion of the field.
On site, closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed by Soka Gakkai to deter vandalism and drinking in the park.
At the launch, Soka Gakkai Malaysia secretary-general Lok Chee Khong said the whole idea of this park was to promote peace and create a space for friends and family to relax and enjoy.
“This idea came about after organising so many successful ‘Run For Peace’ events, which saw an increase in participation yearly since 2005.
“The park is named after Soka Gakkai International president Dr Daisaku Ikeda, ” he explained.
Joining them was Sentosa assemblyman G. Gunaraj who urged
residents and park-goers to use
the park well and refrain from drinking on its grounds.
“There have been many incidents where people drink at this Klang Jaya field and it poses a nuisance to residents as the revellers are noisy and they leave behind broken and empty alcohol bottles, ” he said.
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