BREATH OF FRESH AIR: City Hall paves the way for better living as city folk become more health conscious
KUALA LUMPUR: CITY Hall is in the midst of applying to gazette some 380 areas as open space. “More space will mean more recreational areas for city folk who are now more conscious of healthy living which includes exercise,” said Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib.
“It is an ongoing process. Apart from applications from us to gazette the open space that are in both residential and commercial areas, Federal Territory Mines and Land Department can also proceed with the gazettement for suitable areas.
“We also asked developers to allocate 10 per cent of each development as open space instead of it being scattered within the development.”
He said apart from enjoying the facilities, he hoped that the move would encourage the public to be more conscientious and prevent the park from being vandalised.
He had earlier launched the Senam Seni Sihat DBKL at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, a revival of the weekend aerobic session started in 2005.
“Starting from now, the public can join the aerobic and tai chi sessions every Sunday (8am) at our five main parks which is Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Taman Tasik Manjalara, Taman Tasik Permaisuri, Taman Pudu Ulu and Taman Lembah.
“It is open to everyone and we will pay the instructors who register with us.
“We support healthy lifestyle and optimise the use of space we have here apart from the usual leisure activities like jogging or having a picnic.”
Phesal also launched the Raja Band Kuala Lumpur competition which will be held at at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa for eight weeks from Sept 16.
The final round will then be judged at Panggung Anniversari in Taman Botani Perdana. Also present were City Hall deputy director-general Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz, advisory member Ramanathan Chinnu and enforcement director Mohd Sauffi Mohammad, who took part in the exercise session.