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The hidden wonder of Taman Aman

In the ‘70s Taman Aman started off as a necessity, a retention pond to cater to the development needs of the surrounding neighbourhood. Since then it has bloomed into a beloved recreational retreat.

Text by Amir Imran
Photos by Teoh Eng Hooi

 

Tucked away in the neighbourhood of Seksyen 22 lays Taman Aman, one of the larger parks in Petaling Jaya. Given its proximity to Taman Paramount LRT Station even the unacquainted would greet it as a familiar sight, as the track traverse above the park.

At a glance, visitors would be greeted by the body of water that is the park’s most prominent feature, a serene lake amidst gently rolling slopes and shady trees.

According to MBPJ Landscape Department director Zuraidah Sainan, Taman Aman owes its existence to the lake.  She explained that Taman Aman started off as a retention pond when the area was first developed in the 1970s and continued its service until the year 1995 when the monsoon drain was no longer diverted into the lake.

 

 

“Due to budgetary constraints, there wasn’t much that the council could do to improve the park,” she says.

“This all changed in 2001, when the council received a grant for RM1.3 million from the federal government through the National Landscape Department.”

Since then, Taman Aman has improved in leaps and bounds. The most recent achievement was being the first fully disabled-friendly park in Petaling Jaya with the addition of tactile paths, ramps and removal of barriers.  This is part of an initiative aimed to grant accessibility to all walks of life and would be replicated in all parks governed by the council.

Aside from the usual features, the director revealed that Taman Aman is also a city orchard with a number of local fruits such as petai, kundan and perah.

She said, “The objective of the orchard is to educate the public on the local fruits.”

 

 

As part of the programme, the public could engage the landscape department to conduct outdoor classrooms for more information on the local fruit species there.

“However, with the fruit trees we have a problem with visitors picking the fruits before it is ripe,” she added.  Currently, the park boasts of over 60 species of fruit trees native to Malaysia.

In the evening, the popularity of Taman Aman is obvious as visitors both young and old make use of the facilities available here. Anglers can be seen staking a patch around the lake, joggers making circuits around the path and families enjoying the playground.

Speaking to Gurubrem Singh, a 16-year-old 400-metres runner for Sekolah Sri Permata, the park is his part of his training routine. On average, he spends over two-and-a-half hours here jogging and making use of the exercise equipment available.

 

 

“Living nearby, I have been coming here since I was 7 years-old, at first with my family and now with my friends to train,” he said.

“Over the years, the conditions of the park have improved, especially with the exercise equipment which is sturdier than when I first trained here.”

Aside from the usual amenities, there is also a mini skate park at Taman Aman where two skaters, 20-year old Zikry Alfian and 22-year old Harith Iskandar choose to shred the rails.

Despite living in Subang, the two of them would still make their way here to skate.  “This is where we first started out seven years ago, skating with our friends after school.  Now, it is less happening as not many of our friends would come together and skate,” they say.

For others, there are those who are content with just taking in the atmosphere of the park. For retired pastry chef, Michael Chiel this is part of his weekly routine, before he attends service at a private place of worship nearby.  “I make it a point to come early, to enjoy the scenery here, taking in the view of people jogging and greenery.”

 


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