THE dual sanitation-cum-recreational purpose of IWK Eco Park @ Pantai Dalam is a boon for Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya folk.
Located in Kampung Pasir, Lembah Pantai, the eco park offers a unique blend of recreational facilities which sit atop the underground Pantai 2 regional sewage treatment plant.
The 12ha park, adorned with 2,000 trees, also uses green technology like biogas and solar panels to generate electricity.
It has a jogging and cycling track as well as sports facilities including badminton, futsal and tennis courts.
There is also a multi-purpose hall to hold events.
The eco park was launched by Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil.
Also present were Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) chief executive officer Narendran Maniam and Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change deputy secretary- general (water and sewerage) Dr Ching Thoo Kim.
It was previously managed by Kuala Lumpur City Hall until the handover to IWK in October 2020 for refurbishment.
Narendran said RM2.5mil was allocated to refurbish the park with improvements still to be done on the football field.
“We are excited to share that the park is fully open to the public to enjoy all sorts of indoor and outdoor activities.
“When you are here, you don’t even realise that you are on or near a sewerage plant.”
He said the plant could process sewage from 1.43 million residents in most of Kuala Lumpur and part of Petaling Jaya.
“IWK Eco Park @ Pantai Dalam is also set to create more spaces for the public to connect with one another while surrounded by nature.
“We have also allocated a business site at the park to provide opportunities for small traders.”
The multi-purpose hall was chosen as a voting centre in the 15th General Election last year and also used as a Covid-19 screening and vaccine centre.
Fahmi said: “This park has been my choice for community activities since I became Lembah Pantai MP in 2018.
“Although it is built on top of the sewerage plant, with the use of technology there is no longer an odour.
“Visitors won’t even know there is a treatment plant beneath.”Fahmi also commended IWK for providing a food truck and car boot site to help small traders earn a living.
During the launch, IWK presented RM1,000 each to Persatuan Belia Seri Cempaka and Persatuan Warga Emas Lembah Pantai.