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Second phase of park repair works underway: JASTRe

The Ministry of Development, through the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe), appreciates the concerns and feedback shared via various platforms regarding the management of our recreational areas. We accept all comments and suggestions as we continue to undertake necessary maintenance and improvement works.

Among the more talked about parks is Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas, which has recently been handed over to JASTRe. It has certainly captured the attention of many park-goers, including Wary Jogger, as voiced out in the Opinion page of the Bulletin in a letter, ‘Public park’s rectification works need to happen soon’, published on May 3.

In response, we would like to shed some light on the rectification works detailed in our February response, where 75 out of 164 streetlight bulbs within the park were replaced the following month. The second phase of the works is underway, with assistance from the Department of Mechanical and Electrical at the Public Works Department, to identify and address the underlying cause of the recurring trips that happen in certain zones of the park, especially during and after heavy rains.

While JASTRe looks into temporary fixes, including considering the installation of solar lights, we urge the cooperation of the public to be mindful and stay vigilant when visiting the park at night. However, we would like to note that there are guards patrolling the park and surveillance cameras to maintain full security of the park premises.

Furthermore, the park’s toilet issue has been rectified, with the repair and replacement of the plumbing system as well as the reinstatement of water supply through new piping works from the end of February to early March.

Despite such efforts, we are still faced with stuffed toilet bowls of tissues and sanitary pads, leading to the plumbing being clogged up, on top of other repetitive issues, such as theft of toilet seats and water taps, as well as vandalism of urinals.

The government strives to provide and manage such recreational amenities for everyone’s leisure. Thus, we hope the public will carry out their duties and commit to using the park responsibly and respectfully.

As we aim to progress onto other phases of the remaining repair works of the facilities, such as tiles along walkways, children’s playground and fitness equipment, we seek public cooperation to report any offences taking place at the park by calling the Darussalam Line 123 or WhatsApp to 8333123.

Environment Planning & Management Division, Department of Environment, Parks & Recreation

A view of Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas. PHOTO: JUNE GOH
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