Traffic garden gets a makeover

A view of the children’s playground at the traffic garden.

A PARK in Penang once touted as the best traffic garden in the country has been given a much needed facelift.

Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng said the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) had spent RM33,716 up to mid-August this year to maintain and upgrade the ‘Mini Central Park’ in Jalan Nirwana, George Town.

“It now boasts an array of equipment and fun activities for all.

“This time, we extended part of the roofing, resurfaced the road in the park and replaced the old board as the old one looked shabby.

“We also repainted the fence and cleaned up the fish pond.

“There will be more maintenance and upgrading work done at the park this year,” he said.

Teh said he last checked on the park in April before proposing a few upgrades to the council.

Together with him on the park visit were an MBPP landscape department officer and the Taman Trafik Village Community Management Council (MPKK) secretary.

“Despite the pandemic, the MBPP managed to complete the upgrading work swiftly,” he said.

Teh said the park had just undergone upgrading works after a bout of floods a few years ago.

“There was stagnant water. We had to resurface the road then.

“Now we did a bit more work,” he said.

Retired chef Chang Mun Kit, 69, said he had been visiting the park daily to exercise.

“I like to walk about 7km every day and the park is a lovely place to visit.

“Now that they have refurbished the park, it is even nicer as the fence has been repainted and the fish pond looks great.

“Due to the pandemic, this is my only outlet for fresh air as it is near my house,” he said.

The garden, which was opened in 1983, has a mock petrol station, fire hydrant, post box, a hospital signpost, a telephone booth and various road signs.

Thousands of schoolchildren have used the facilities to learn about road safety through fun games over the years.

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