A new park for Ampang folks and a small Niamah!!! for today:-)Once in a while Kuala Lumpur City Hall or DBKL if you want to call them by their more demonic name, does something with rate-payers' monies that is quite good. For example, they have taken an old disused mining pool in Ampang Hilir and turned it into the centre-piece of a public park! In this new park there is a jogging track. Which for some strange reason does NOT go all the way round the park. So you jog up to a point and then have to turn back and go the way you came. Maybe someone should raise this question in Parliament. There is also a community hall kind of building where there are badminton courts and other facilities I suppose, for rent. Exercise stations line the path along the lake. There is a children's playground. And of course the beautiful lake.
Great! But it wouldn't be DBKL if this story didn't have a bit BUT attached to it.
When I drove past the entrance this afternoon I noticed a big banner put up advertising the park office opening times. Meaning the times that you can go to book for use of the Dewan Serbaguna or Community Hall where the badminton courts and other facilities are located. The funny thing is that the opening times for this park's booking office is the same as the office hours of DBKL! Meaning that it is also the working hours of most Malaysian wage earners. Meaning that unless you're a) retired, b) unemployed, c) skiving from work, d) on holiday or e) a carefree Mat Rempit you have no chance in Hell of finding time to go book anything. Phone them up la, you say. Yes, there are NO phone numbers listed on the banner or anywhere at the park entrance.
But good la still. At least the residents of Ampang Hilir now have a nice park to use.