Institution goes to great lengths for joggers


By CHOW HOW BAN

Dr Zulkurnainand City HallLandscape andUrbanCleanlinessControlDepartmenthead ZarinaAhamad Osmanleading theothers on awalk around theLake Gardensrecently.

JOGGERS and park users can now benefit from distance markers placed along the jogging trails in Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur. 

They will be able know how many kilometres they have covered every time they visit the park, thanks to the Institution of Surveyors Malaysia and its community project to help City Hall place permanent markers or ground plaques every 100m along trails in all public parks in the city. 

At Lake Gardens, the institution identified two trails frequented by joggers, namely the Easy Trail and Extreme Trail. The Easy Trail surrounds the lake covering a distance of 2.3km while the 3.5km-long Extreme Trail brings joggers up the slopes through a more challenging terrain. 

At the launch, institution president John Loh said the idea of carrying out the surveyor’s trail project was inspired by the example set by a group of surveyors who helped survey Mount Kinabalu in Sabah. 

He said the body, a core member of the Tree Planting Group, had taken on a more serious approach to preserve the environment over the years. 

“We would like to use our expertise to add value to the park and the community. We have five branches in the country and all our members are looking forward to giving back to the community,” he said. 

Federal Territories Ministry secretary- general Datuk Dr Zukurnain Awang, who launched the trails, commended the institution for joining hands with City Hall to promote healthy lifestyle. 

“Surveyors’ expertise in the science of measurement has been used in this instance to mark the jogging trails in an effort to champion a better environment for healthy activities such as running and walking among city dwellers. 

“By identifying the jogging trail and placing distance markers and signages, the public are encouraged to walk or run, knowing the distance they are covering,” he said.  

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