CORPORATE SPONSOR: Standard Chartered Bank to upgrade pocket park in Jalan P. Ramlee as part of Greener KL programme by City Hall
A 3,716 sq-metre land in Jalan P. Ramlee will soon be converted into a small park under an agreement between Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Bhd (SC) and City Hall for the bank's Signature Pocket Park Adoption Programme.
The development of the pocket park is part of the Greater KL's Entry Pilot Project under the Greener KL programme by City Hall.
It welcomes private sectors, non-governmental organisations and corporate bodies to sponsor the adoption of the pocket parks.
The programme also allows the participating agencies to come up with their own facelift designs and maintain the adopted pocket park for a period of time.
The development memorandum of understanding (MoU) was inked recently at the redevelopment site of the park between Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail and SC managing director and chief executive officer Osman Morad.
Osman said the park upgrading work will involve preservation of natural greens by maintaining 80 per cent of its soft-scape designs.
He added that the park will feature disabled-friendly facilities such as tact-tile paths for the blind and iconic pieces embossed with Braille symbols.
"We intend to see the park having multiple applications such as an escape point from the hustle and bustle of the city, a peaceful place for lunch, a meeting spot or just a place for a little time out for reflection," he said.
Osman said the adopted park also will be put to use by the bank to hold its corporate social responsibility programmes which involve the visually impaired and children with HIV/AIDS.
In its initial upgrading works the bank will invest a sum of US$300,000 (RM918,148) and expects work on the park to be completed by end of July. It also hopes that the park will be opened to the public by September this year.
Ahmad Fuad commended the initiative taken by the bank and hoped more private sectors would come forward to lend their support in the Signature Pocket Park Adoption Programme.
"Besides the large open space which is the 15 public parks managed by City Hall, we also have about 100 hundred pocket parks in the city.
"We welcome private sector commitments in upgrading the pocket parks for the benefit of the public," he said.
He said through the Greener KL project, Jalan P. Ramlee will get a facelift when it is turned into a green stretch and feature covered pedestrian walkways. City Hall will also be involved in the project by planting 30,000 trees yearly.
Also present was Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry secretary-general Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib.