Upgraded park fosters closer ties

(From left) Mohd Ismail, Ahmad Zulqarnain, Ismadi, PNB Merdeka Ventures chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Ab Aziz Tengku Mahmud, Hamdan, and neighborhood committee chairman Rajaratnam Marimuthu at the improved park.

THE Perumahan Awam (PA or public housing) Jalan Hang Tuah multipurpose park in Kuala Lumpur has been upgraded via various sustainable ways including upcycling old playground equipment and reusing pavers.

The work costing almost RM800,000 was done under the Public Realm Improvement Programme by PNB Merdeka Ventures Sdn Bhd (PMVSB).

It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) which is the owner and developer of Merdeka 118.

Via collaboration with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and its partner Think City Sdn Bhd, the programme aims to make community spaces liveable through various improvements.

The 112 sqm PA Jalan Hang Tuah park is located 400m from the Merdeka 118 precinct, making it an integral part of the neighbourhood.

In a statement at the launch of the upgraded park, PNB president and group chief executive Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn said, “As a new neighbour in the vibrant Merdeka 118 precinct, we prioritise the well-being and safety of the community.

“Our efforts will benefit over 800 residents by providing them with a safe and enjoyable space for leisure and social interaction.

“We look forward to spearheading similar projects like this in the neighbourhood in the future.”

Nature-based solutions were implemented with porous pavers for natural drainage, while recycled Tetra Pak roofing was utilised to reduce heat and noise.

Additionally, high-risk trees removed by DBKL were replaced, ensuring the park’s ecosystem remained intact.

Think City managing director Hamdan Abdul Majeed said, “The revitalised park is a testament to the positive outcomes which can be achieved through creative placemaking.

“The park has nurtured a thriving community within the Merdeka 118 precinct, aligning with our vision of creating a liveable city through a network of public open spaces,” he said.

DBKL Community Develop-ment and Urban Wellbeing Department director Ismadi Sakirin said, “The upgrade of the multipurpose park is in line with the draft Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2040.

“It will boost DBKL’s aspirations to transform Kuala Lumpur into a city for all.

“This initiative by PMVSB supports the 11th United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of creating an inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable city.”

PMVSB also initiated engagement sessions with PA Jalan Hang Tuah residents to ensure their active involvement in creating the inclusive space.

PA Jalan Hang Tuah Residents Association chairman Mohd Ismail Abdullah said they were grateful to PMVSB, City Hall and supporting partners for transforming their beloved multipurpose park into a community gem.

“This upgraded sanctuary will bring families together, offer children a safe place to play and foster lasting connections among neighbours.

“It will bring joy, inspiration and unity for generations to come,” he said.

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