Upgrading work is being carried out on a public park along Jalan 30/38A in Taman Sri Sinar, Kuala Lumpur to improve the neighbourhood green lung.
Once completed, the park, nestled between Nova 1 and Nova 2 apartments, will have a new jogging track, resurfaced basketball and badminton courts and outdoor gym equipment, in addition to new fences and additional access points for the benefit of residents.
Nova 1 management committee chairman James Chin said the old jogging track was uneven and some residents injured themselves while exercising there.
“Many of the facilities were in disrepair and the field was in bad shape and not suitable for use.
“With this latest upgrade, the residents are happy to see better facilities, ” he said.
Nova 2 management committee member Jeffery Ng echoed Chin’s sentiments.
“Not many people know about this park as it sits higher than the main road and was neglected.
“The children’s playground was in bad condition and underutilised, ” he added.
Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh said her office had utilised her allocation to buy outdoor gym sets when residents sought her assistance.
The upgrading work, which began on Feb 19, was done by Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) Landscape and Recreation Department.
“Taman Sri Sinar and the surrounding neighbourhoods in Segambut are densely populated.
“The lack of recreational facilities meant residents had no place to go for their daily exercise.
“We also requested DBKL to build parking lots by the main road and instal lights to brighten the entrance so that families with young children, who cannot walk to the park, can enjoy the view of the park from a distance, ” said Yeoh.
She assured that she would also look into making the park accessible to those with physical disabilities, and request for stairs to be built so that residents of Taman Sri Bintang, which is located directly behind the field, could also use the park.
“I am happy that all these upgrades will mean that residents, young and old, will have a place to go to improve their physical and mental well-being.
“We must invest in recreational spaces in a city like Kuala Lumpur, and I hope that DBKL will focus on this area this year as simple upgrades like the ones done here benefit everyone and do not cost a lot of money, ” Yeoh said, adding that there were many other neighbourhood parks in Segambut that required upgrading.