THE first phase of a green corridor project to create a continuous open space in the form of a linear park in Lembah Jaya, Selangor, is targeted to be completed before the end of the year.
The Lembah Jaya Green Corridor will provide ecological connectivity between existing green spaces in the area which covers a part of Ampang Jaya.
There will be a 7km walking and cycling loop incorporating the area’s natural treasures.
For the initial phase, about RM1mil has been allocated by the Housing and Local Government Ministry to Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) that is carrying out the works.
Currently, upgrading works are being carried out at Dusun Bandar Taman Kosas to be followed by improvements at Bukit Indah bicycle track and Bukit Kembara hiking trail.
The Dusun Bandar park will serve as the start and end point of the loop.
The project is spearheaded by Lembah Jaya assemblyman Haniza Talha who said physical works were 50% completed.
The plan was to revitalise the park as it was not functioning for the community, she said.
“As it was a fruit orchard, there is not much space for people to gather or carry out activities apart from a children’s playground.
“The fruit trees will be relocated to other areas within the park while the pedestrian walkway will be widened and lengthened.
“A multipurpose plaza will be built for the residents to use for various needs.”
There will also be spaces for visitors to gather at the park entrance before cyclists and walkers start the trail, as well as seating areas and toilets.
At the Bukit Indah bicycle track, the plan is to instal entrance signage, extra lighting and security bollards, and bicycle parking spots and improved landscaping at the entrance of the Bukit Kembara hiking trail.
Consultant adviser Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia senior research fellow at the Institute of the Malay World and Civilisation (Atma) Assoc Prof Dr Nor Zalina Harun said the green corridor would incorporate a biophilic design to ensure sustainability of the park.
The design will incorporate green landscape features within residential and commercial spaces and blend the built environment with nature.
“This requires optimising existing facilities and making use of idle spaces.”
Nor Zalina said she also carried out a survey of stakeholders to get the local perspective.