TAMAN Tasik Titiwangsa in Kuala Lumpur will only reopen in September to enable Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to carry out much-needed upgrades to the park.
In 2018, the park underwent a major renovation costing RM100mil. However, its facilities were vandalised following its reopening on Dec 15 last year, and once again on May 4, after the conditional movement control order (MCO) began.
DBKL Corporate Planning director Khairul Azmir Ahmad told StarMetro that the local authority was taking the opportunity during this recovery MCO, which will end on Aug 31, to carry out much-needed upgrades and repair works on the park before reopening it to the public again.
Only a jogging path which runs along the park perimeter, a restaurant, the DBKL Enforcement Training Centre and the KL Horse Riding Centre are allowed to operate in the meantime.
This year, the park first closed on March 18 when the MCO was implemented. It was reopened on May 4 when Malaysia entered the conditional phase of the order.
This, however, proved to be short-lived as the park was closed indefinitely on May 28 when visitors failed to comply with the standard operating procedures put in place by DBKL.
Reports of people enjoying picnics in large numbers, flouting social distancing guidelines and cutting the yellow tape placed to prevent them from using the children’s facilities were ignored.
“The park is not in good shape. So many things need to be repaired, replaced and upgraded even though the park underwent a massive upgrading work in 2018, ” Khairul said.
Taman Tasik Titiwangsa was closed to the public for one year from Sept 1,2018, to make way for upgrades involving 20.2ha of its 46.14ha area under the River of Life project.
Barely five hours after it was opened to the public last December, vandals struck, defacing and damaging facilities while littering the area.
Images of rubbish, soiled diapers, styrofoam packaging, broken pipe faucets and defaced park facilities shared by DBKL officers and members of the public sparked the ire of thousands on social media.
“You would think people would learn from their mistakes, but they ended up doing more damage, ” Khairul said following the latest closure, adding that it was really disappointing that people had so little regard for public property.
He added that many of the facilities, especially the children’s playground and toilets, needed upgrades.
Toilets were missing shower heads and faucets were damaged.
“The park needs a second round of upgrades and I hope that when we reopen in September, the public will appreciate and take better care of the facilities.
“We cannot be spending money to repair the same things when that fund can be utilised for other public amenities, ” he said.
Following the upgrades last year, new attractions at the park were added, including a children’s water park, maze garden, cycling tracks and fountain jet that is able to shoot water 100m into the air.
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