TERATAI assemblyman Jenice Lee has pledged to upgrade Taman Saga Hill in Ampang by providing materials for proper signage and rest areas.
Lee said this after a nature walk programme to promote the hill among the locals, held in conjunction with Labour Day.
The Taman Saga Hill has three trails — A, B and C — with each route taking longer and becoming more difficult to walk up.
It is very popular among the local residents who take to the trails any day of the week.
Lee wanted to see for herself what the site had to offer as well as the facilities needed by regular trekkers.
“The different trails can be confusing so proper signage is needed to guide people.
“Also, there is only a basic tent so we need to put up a proper shelter.
“I am also impressed by the level of cleanliness around the hill despite it being a popular spot.
“This is proof how people are more civic conscious and care for the environment,” she said.
She added that walking up the trail was very exhausting but it made for a good workout.
About 120 people from all over Ampang came as early as 7.30am to join in the event.
The hill trail leads to Wangsa Cheras and Cheras Hartamas. The Bukit Putih Forest Reserve is also located next to the hill.
Many residents have taken it upon themselves to upgrade some of the trails as well as set up tents for people to rest or get together.
Meanwhile, bank clerk Darshini Sathasivam, 21, enjoyed her first trip up the hill.
She said despite finding it difficult to climb at first, she was determined to finish the walk.
“It was fun because I have never done such a thing before and I got to experience the thrill of climbing up.
“This event is great because not only is it a healthy activity but it also enables the participants to make new friends,” she said.
Regular climber Kong Ah Keong, 56, comes three times a week.
He said the climb up was a suitable exercise for everyone.
“It is nice to have a place like this right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur.
“There are two waterfalls here and the view is magnificent.
“Also, the air is clean. What more can we ask for,” he said.
Later, the participants of the nature walk were treated to breakfast.