Saturday, May 21, 2011

Recreation Parks at Kali Garden Unmaintained and Unkempt

Kuching is lack of facilities especially for senior citizens and even for the younger generation who has to pay to go to a gym.

A park in housing areas is considered a God-send for a lot of people who would exercise, relax or for the senior citizen, a chat with neighbours while doing some light exercise in the evening.

The park in Kali Garden along Jalan Resak is very utilized but unfortunately, unmaintained and unkempt.

I was asked by residents there to take a look at the park this morning. The park is not considered a park as it is just a few trees, no proper rubbish bins and no lighting facilities.

A resident said he used to go to the park daily and with the hot season, he hoped that there are more greens grown.

The same resident said recently, he saw about 50 plants brought to the site but only four plants were planted. He wondered what has happened to the rest of the plants.

Kuching City South is the authority to be responsible for the plants and the council should do an investigation to find out where the rest of the plants are.

Like most parks all over Kuching, the council did not do a good job of maintaining them. Either the place is dimly lit or without proper shrubs and greens and the trees are in need of watering.

Back to the Kali Garden park, another resident staying nearby complained that by dusk, group of youths could be seen drinking or glue sniffing causing a nuisance. She said it was due to the darkness of the park.

In Australia, Singapore and even Penang, the trees are in healthy state. There are no fungus grown on palm trees and the shrubs are neatly trimmed. I do hope the council would take a look not only at Kali Garden park but all the parks in the city to upgrade and make it look more presentable for ordinary people to enjoy.

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