Playground gets upgrade

Inspecting playground equipment at Pangsapuri Damansara Bestari are (from left) Loyis and Rajiv while MBPJ landscape architect assistant Nur Azira Abdul Majid and landscape architect Fadzely Jailani look on.

PANGSAPURI Damansara Bestari residents, particularly the children, will soon get to enjoy a newly upgraded playground courtesy of Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).

The landscaping works, which cost about RM169,000, cover hardscape, softscape and earthworks.

Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran said these included adding new play equipment and soft rubber mats for the playground, redoing the jogging tracks, installing two new benches, repainting the railings as well as planting small trees and grass.“The upgrading started in early September and is scheduled to be completed by mid-December. “I am happy to note the quality of work and it appears to be completed ahead of schedule.

“The contractor just needs to instal rubbish bins and signboards as well as repair some minor defects identified by MBPJ’s Landscaping Department staff, before residents can start using the playground, ” he said during a site visit.

The upgraded playground will benefit between 2,000 and 2,500 occupants at the 500-unit flats located in Section 19, Petaling Jaya.Rajiv expects the upgraded playground to be well-utilised as it is now a safer and cleaner space for children to play.

“Most of the equipment here are child-centric, as Pangsapuri Damansara Bestari has the most number of children of any housing area within the Bukit Gasing constituency.

“Other parks in the constituency have exercise equipment and facilities more suited for adults and senior citizens, ” he said.

Pangsapuri Damansara Bestari’s previous playground equipment and facilities had become old, rusty or damaged, posing a danger to park users.

It was also surrounded by unsightly wild plants and became a rubbish dump.

Also present during the site visit were Loyis Uding who is MBPJ councillor for Zone 9, and staff from the council’s Landscape Department.

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