I discovered the answer to keeping a park in pristine condition last weekend by visiting Taman Tasik Manjalara in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur. The answer being to ensure that the park is riddled with signs that ensure you can do absolutely nothing in the park 🙂
Taman Tasik Manjalara is out near where we used to live in Kepong and a beautiful pristine park to sit, relax and let life go by. It is a lovely park centred on a lake and rises up a hill with beautiful views of the hills that surround Kuala Lumpur. There is great children’s play ground and gazebos to sit and enjoy. It is near a Mosque and it is especially enjoyable to sit under a tree and listen to the chants of call to pray.
But what is best about the park is every time I have been there…including a beautiful Sunday morning last weekend…the park is empty and I suspect this is because you cannot sneeze without breaking rule.
It starts as you enter the park with this great sign that has one of my favourites being No Kissing (you are in a Muslim Country after all) and Menconteng (far left 2nd row) means No Graffiti but I like how the picture implies no drawing or artistic license at all.
You then walk down the path to approach the lake and just in case you where in any doubt you have to get to the lake through a number of No Fishing Signs.
To actually give you something to do they have put up a sign with the fine print for you to read…I really like Number 13 which prohibits flying kites or playing ball games because why would you want to do that in a park!!!
Then finally, in case you thought there was a chance of having some fun, you get hit with a final sign at the playground. The title “Anda Dilarang” means “You are Prohibited”.
I am glad that the signs keep everyone away so that I can have such a beautiful spot all to myself.
For those interested the park address is: Jalan 1/62a, Bandar Sri Menjalara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia