IF THE traffic congestion and rush for parking bays are any indication, the reopened Taman Tasik Titiwangsa in Kuala Lumpur is proving to be a hit with visitors.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) closed the 46.14ha park in September 2018 for upgrading and reopened it on Dec 15. The upgrade cost almost RM100mil.
Despite the hot weekend, visitors could be seen having a picnic by the lake, cycling, roller-skating, playing badminton or taking a stroll along the walkway during a check by StarMetro.Visitors interviewed expressed appreciation for the park’s new and improved look, and gave some suggestions for improvements.
Norliza Amir, 40, said more parking bays were needed.
“I saw many vehicles parking on the pavement, ” she said, which was a common complaint.
Muhd Takiyudin Abd Razak, 25, said it took him awhile to find a place to park.
Parking was not an issue for Sariah Mahmud, 29, who came with her husband.
“We knew the park was going to be crowded, so we decided to come by motorcycle, ” she said.
Mohd Luqman Halim Ismail, 33, was impressed by the facilities at the park on his first visit.
A teacher from the United Kingdom, Victoria Stacey-Swale, 32, said the park could become one of Kuala Lumpur’s main attractions.
“I found out about the park online, ” she said, adding that there should be a proper place for picnics.
Skateboarding fan Alif Haikal, 17, said that previously he could not skate at the park because of potholes.
“Now I can skate freely without having to worry about my safety, ” he said.
However, some visitors complained about the lack of rubbish bins and misuse of facilities.
Herizal Fitri, 20, said visitors should take care of the park.
“There are insufficient rubbish bins but people still should not litter. They should change their mindset and take care of the park.”
Nasrul Halim from DBKL’S Enforcement Department cycling unit said the local authority would beef up patrols.
“Today (Saturday) we have a team of 13 making our rounds.
“There was a drinks stall operating illegally and we gave them a verbal warning, ” added Nasrul.
Abdul Najib Awang from the department’s security unit said animals were not allowed at the park and visitors who brought dogs and cats were given a verbal warning.
Nurzuria Azmin, 24, hopes that shelters could be built over picnic tables at the park to provide relief from rain and the sun.
“Visitors will welcome a place where they can rest or enjoy their meal, ” she said.
Najiha Akil, 40, who came with six family members, hoped more food kiosks could be built.
“Park-goers sometimes want to have a quick bite or feel thirsty after a long walk, ” she said.
She also said that some form of safety fence should be erected around the lake to ensure children’s safety.
Father-of-two Zulkarnain Sawaldi, 28, hopes to see bicycles for rent.“That will make this place even livelier as people will have more things to do.”
A day after the park’s opening, StarMetro had reported that more closed circuit television cameras would be installed to deter vandals.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan had expressed disappointment over some visitors defacing the facilities and littering the park.
“We have about 28 enforcement personnel at the park and will continue our awareness programmes to educate people to take care of public facilities, ” he was quoted as saying.
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