THE 50m-long Kelab Syabas swimming pool, which had been the pride of Petaling Jaya residents since the 1960s, will undergo major renovations costing RM4.2mil soon.
Upgrading work on the pool, scheduled to take six months, will be undertaken by Sepang Mekar Sdn Bhd.
“It will be equipped with a new filtration system from Australia together with four pumps to maintain its high usage at all times,” said Sepang Mekar Sdn Bhd managing director David Solomon after the signing ceremony of the project agreement between his company and the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) yesterday.
Solomon said the new pool would be tiled with two tones of blue on a flat edge surrounded by pebble wash as it provided a better grip and deterred swimmers from slipping when they are near the pool.
He suggested that Kelab Syabas be renamed PJ Palm Sports Centre in line with its resort-style concept.
He also said that the eight-lane pool would have trained lifeguards at all times.
Fees for using the pool will be set by MBPJ and will range between RM3 and RM5.
Discounts will also be given to groups, students, senior citizens and the disabled.
The project also hopes to turn the popular spot in Lorong Sultan in Petaling Jaya New Town into a sporting hub.
In December, the public can also look forward to playing futsal at the 9,000sq ft court and visiting a few of its food and beverage outlets.
When the whole project is completed in September next year, Petaling Jaya residents will be able to enjoy other sports such as squash, basketball, indoor golf and a boutique gymnasium.
“Two security guards will be patrolling the club round the clock while CCTV cameras will be placed at strategic spots,” said Solomon.
The tenants at the new club will be Waikiki Bar, Out Of Africa and Joe’s Barber.
Councillor Latheefa Koya, who is in the special committee for the Section 8 swimming pool project, said the council had held several meetings with other companies before deciding on Sepang Mekar a few weeks ago.
She added that the delay in starting the work was due to problems in evicting the previous club management.