The developer of Station 18 in Pengkalan has taken it upon itself to convert a vacant land of the Ipoh City Council and turn it into a recreational ground.
The plan is to give the area a new breath of life, much to the joy of the nearby residents.
Team Keris Bhd group executive chairman Datuk Lee Seng Hee said about RM400,000 would be spent to transform the 1.14ha piece of land from its present sorry state into a green lung.
“We plan to plant 1,000 trees of different varieties in the next two years.
“There will also be a nice walkway complete with a reflexology pathway, a futsal court and also fish and duck ponds,” Lee told MetroPerak in an interview.
The park, said Lee, was already 50% completed.
“It will be ready in three months for people to relax and carry out their sporting activities,” he said, adding that it was the first cooperation between Team Keris and the council.
Datuk Bandar Datuk Roshidi Hashim launched the project by planting the first tree at the park recently.
Lee said plans were in the pipeline for the company to carry out more of such projects to give the city a sparkling new look.
“This is our pilot project and we are looking forward to further cooperation with the council in support of the Datuk Bandar’s plan to turn Ipoh into a Land of Thousand Parks,” he added.
While Ipoh was previously regarded as a boring place with only white buildings, Lee said it had become more vibrant with the growing number of colourful buildings, a riverfront project, busy streets and other well-planned development projects taking place.
“Ipoh is definitely moving towards becoming a cosmopolitan city and the council must be lauded for that.
“The council has been carrying out its initiatives to attract investments to the state and this is proven by several well-known developers coming forward to invest here,” he added.