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Volunteers inject new colours in Kelana Jaya, making way for PJ Kita Community Centre

Every weekend in the month of October has seen volunteers coming together to paint a street mural which will become the entrance to the future PJ Kita Community Centre here in Kelana Jaya.

 

For the past four weekends, residents from all around have been coming together to paint the street behind MBPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya to make way for the future PJ Kita Community Centre.

The community centre is planned to be a revitalisation of the existing facilities in the Taman Bandaran Kelana Jaya area, which already include tennis and badminton courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, futsal courts and more.

In this revitalising exercise, the Petaling Jaya community was invited to participate and make the community centre their own, even before its construction.

And the latest result is the street mural along Jalan Stadium SS 7/15, which will be the entrance to the centre.

MBPJ Deputy Mayor Johary Anuar describes the centre as a physical result of the “Smart Community Engagement” concept which looks to provide for a locality based on the community’s direct involvement.

“It is a collaborative project involving the City Council and all the stakeholders, with the community being involved since the development phase,” he says.


MBPJ Deputy Mayor Johary Anuar placing his handprint at the back of the wall built by volunteers.

A community effort

In a collaboration between PJ Kita, DTLM Architect and EPIC Communities, calls for volunteers were made on social media. It had attracted dozens of participants, the number of which grew with every weekend.

Among the volunteers is Chooi Yu Chong, 34, a resident of Seksyen 20.

“I heard about this through PJ Kita’s tweets. I joined particularly for the weekend that focused on bricklaying a wall, but I returned every week after that to see the efforts through,” he says.

“I felt like I wanted to give back to PJ, because I was born and raised in Taman Paramount.”

Another volunteer, Yufariza Hani, 28, from Kelana Jaya says it was coincidentally an effort that she is passionate about, and immediately joined after hearing about it from her friends who were already volunteering.

“I actually stay nearby, and I’ve always felt like this park wasn’t fully utilised. So when I heard this was happening, I jumped at the opportunity because this is what I’ve been waiting for,” she says.


(L-R) Volunteers Chooi Yu Chong, Aina Maisarah, Yufariza Hani and Yap Kok Weng

The 120m long street mural is made up of a vibrant green, yellow and red colour scheme with geometric patterns that is designed to look as though flowing from the brick wall built by the volunteers. The brick wall is set to be the welcome board to the community centre entrance.

According to the designer of the street mural, Pamela Tan, the patterns represent abstract forms of the neighbouring buildings in the neighbourhood.

“What we noticed about this location, is that the neighbouring buildings are mostly very colourful and vibrant, like the blue badminton hall, and the MBPJ Stadium, but it wasn’t really tied together before this,” Pamela says.

“And that’s what the community centre will do. It will tie everything together, and we wanted the street mural to also represent that.”


The street mural designer, Pamela Tan

The PJ Kita Community Centre

With the completion of the street mural, construction of the PJ Kita Community Centre is set to begin.

The centre will act as a hub to the existing facilities in the area, and the development will see an addition of more facilities including a youth centre, a food hall and 24-hour shops, to name a few.

There will also be the addition of a skatepark, a new fitness and sports area, a children’s zone for kids, and a row of shops meant to house PJ-based businesses to thrive in the centre.

Construction for the PJ Kita Community Centre is expected to be completed mid-2018.

 


Renderings of the future PJ Kita Community Centre.

 

 

The street mural and the upcoming PJ Kita Community Centre will be located at Taman Tasik Bandaran Kelana Jaya along the street of Jalan Stadium SS7/15, Kelana Jaya.

PJ FAIR 2017 will also be taking place here. For more details, head to our Facebook page HERE.

The street mural project was made possible by the contributions of paint and painting supplies from Nippon Paint, concrete and building supplies, manpower and expertise from Sunway Construction, Lafarge, Brick Dotcom, SQ Engineering and Binaform.


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