Safer park for joggers and hikers

Workers sawing a fallen tree along a hiking trail as Soon (in yellow) and mayor Yew (back, in grey) look on at City Park in Penang.

THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has removed fallen trees and cleaned up the jogging tracks and hiking trails at the City Park after the place was closed for five weeks.

Penang youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said the paths and steps at the City Park had become slippery as they were covered in moss and became dangerous to the public.

“The MBPP workers stepped in to clean up and ensure the jogging tracks and hiking trails at the City Park leading up to the Point Three and Point Five rest areas are safe for the public.

“The City Park was closed for five weeks due to the lockdown.

“It reopened for individual recreational activities on Wednesday after the state moved into phase two of the National Recovery Plan.

“When visiting the City Park, we noticed the slippery paths and steps covered in algae-like growths were detrimental to the safety of people.

“At the same time, I also noticed that the hiking trails were littered with dry leaves and twigs.

“There were fallen trees along the trails as well,” he said in a statement on Saturday.

Soon said he reached out to MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang for help to clear the steps and trails.

“We visited the park after the clean-up and it is now safer for the public.

“This trail is frequently visited as the Point Five rest area is one of the most popular hiking rest stations in the state.

“The state government and local council remain committed to ensuring hikers can hike along the trail safely,” he added.

Soon extended his gratitude to the MBPP staff for their work.

Yew said the MBPP staff cleaned the trails each time they reopened to the public.

“Recently the island experienced rainy weather and high wind at speed of up to 56km per hour.

“This resulted in some fallen trees and twigs along the hiking trails.

“We dispatched staff from the landscape, urban services and community services department on Saturday.

“They used chainsaws and other cleaning equipment to clear up the obstacles along the hiking trails, which will ensure the safety of hikers,” he said.

Yew also said that on Friday, the council dispatched its ‘Skuad Pantas’ right after heavy rain and strong winds subsided to clear uprooted trees at 13 locations on the island.

Due to the current unpredictable weather, he reminded the public to be careful while performing outdoor activities.

People residing on the island can contact the council via its 24-hour hotline at 04-263 7637 / 04-263 7000 or WhatsApp 016-200 4082 to make any complaints regarding cleanliness or fallen trees.

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