Joggers have been using the pavement outside the park to keep up with their routine since the park was closed for upgrading works.
One of them, Suandi Asmuri, 25, who visits the park once a month, makes an effort to travel from his home in Kajang as he likes the place.
“The view is the best thing about the park,” said Suandi, who misses cycling in the park. Bicycles were available for rent in the park previously.
Siewkee Jun Gui, 57, from Ukay Perdana, said this was always her go-to park.
“I always come by to see if they have completed the renovations,” she added.
She had the privilege of getting a bird’s eye view of Taman Tasik Titiwangsa from the 48th floor of a nearby tower in Jalan Tun Razak and was intrigued by what she saw.
“The place has been upgraded a lot with man-made structures. There are a lot more benches and I look forward to enjoying the greenery and the lake,” she said.
Nur Ain Juhari, 28, who lives in Bandar Baru Sentul, used to visit the place with her sister on weekends.
“This is the park nearest to my house and I usually walk there,” said Nur Ain.
“It was hard to jog in the area during the renovation period with cones cordoning off the construction site. Now that it is almost ready, more people come here to jog.
“I miss cycling in the park and playing badminton there,” she added.
She looks forward to using the new facilities and is pleased that the park looks better now.
Escaping from the hustle and bustle of the city was Muhammad Syahir Azfar, 28, who used to jog in the area frequently.
“Since the place closed, I rarely jog here,” said Syahir who used to come by once a week.
Looking at the upgrades, he found the jogging track to be better than it was before.
“The lake used to have an inflatable water ball activity, where one gets inside a man-size balloon in the lake. That was one of the things I tried before,” he recalled.
The park was also a fun place for 19-year-old Asmi Bahrin Bahtiar from Kampung Baru.
He discovered the park during a school trip when he was 12.
He witnessed many community activities there such as dance events and sporting activities.
“It was truly lively in Taman Tasik Titiwangsa and I look forward to the return of these activities once the park is open to the public again,” said Asmi, who looked forward to using the recreational gym set and jogging track.
Asmi said he used to play tennis, badminton and ping pong at the park.
For Mohamad Faisal Saari,
40, and his son, weekly visits to the park were for watching the horses gallop within white picket fences.
“I used to come here with my family when I was little and now that I have a family of my own, I get to bring my three small ones to the same park,” he said.
Forty-nine-year-old Azmir Mohamad, who was with his two daughters, looks forward to seeing the water play area as the lake near their neighbourhood, Taman Tasik Permaisuri, did not have the facility.
“I am eager to see what the park has for children and we want the girls to try out the water play area,” said Azmir.
Lee CK, 62, still went for morning walks in the area even though the park was closed for renovations.
“We walked outside the park during the renovations,” he said.
“I look forward to using the jogging track when it is ready. I will no longer need to walk outside,” Lee added.
Chong Seng Hwa, 64, who had been going to the area five times a week for walks, is looking forward to using the jogging track too.
“It can be dangerous to walk outside the park with so many cars passing by,” he said.
As for Masnor Mansor, 64, he is relieved that there will be toilet facilities again with the reopening of the park.
“During the construction period, there was no toilet available nearby when we jogged,” said Masnor, a regular visitor of the park for the past 15 years.
“I usually come here alone. At times, my children will join me and sometimes, I bring my whole family with me,” he said, adding that he had brought his family here for shows and activities held in the park.
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