KUALA LUMPUR – June 15, 2020: After being closed for nearly three months since the government’s Movement Control Order (MCO) was in place, Taman Persekutuan Bukit Kiara is now open to the public.
Life and vitality seem to have returned to the park as people — young and old are seen enjoying the space.
But going to the park is no longer like before. Since the MCO, several safety and health practices have been put in place.
There is only one entrance and exit point where park goers have to adhere to the standard operating procedure (SOP) — temperature checks and providing their names and contact numbers.
Since it opened last week, there have been complaints on social media about the lack of maintenance of the park such as incomplete upgrading works and closure of the front section of the park.
The Mole visited the park on Sunday to see if it is really as bad as some people had made it out to be.
The park which is under the National Landscape Department was undergoing upgrading and maintenance works before the MCO was imposed.
It looks like they had to lay down their tools when the MCO was put in place and stop work for the past three months.
The spot near the main gate which used to occupy some outdoor exercise equipment is now empty and appears to be under reconstruction.
Hoarding panels are seen blocking the path towards the steps which lead to the starting point of the elevated jogging track.
To get to the steps, one would have to head west from the park’s entrance and then pass around the lake.
Going to the lake would first require squeezing through a narrow space in between some trees.
For the time being, one of the two lanes of the elevated jogging track has been sealed off…
Gazebos are also off-limits to prevent people from sitting in close proximity to one another.
Nevertheless, despite the closure of some areas including the children’s playground — the park itself is conducive for people to carry out outdoor activities such as jogging and walking.