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Still one of KL s better Parks
A TRIP to Titiwangsa Lake Gardens never fails to excite me as it brings fond memories of my childhood. I used to frequent this park which was close to home.
Nothing much has changed in the last 20 over years when I visited the park recently, but it still is a popular dating spot for young couples as they can be seen sitting by the edges along the jogging track or hogging the benches.
The park, better known as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, is also a good place to exercise as it provides a calm environment and a breathtaking view of the city skyline. Joggers can be seen at any time of the day.
At times, you will also get inline skaters and skateboarders whizzing past.
I prefer heading to the park in the mornings, as it is less crowded and finding a parking spot is much easier. However, over the weekends and on public holidays, expect the opposite scenario. It is quite normal to see a stretch of cars, with motorists in search of parking. Inadvertently, many resort to parking just about anywhere.
It is normal to find families picnicking and playing games such as badminton.
With an impressive lake in the middle of the park, water recreational activites are to be expected. At present, there are only two types of boats available for rent.
The waterball provides visitors with lots of fun.
There are the four-seater “Sea Rider” for adults and “Paddle Boat”, which can comfortably fit two adults, two children or one adult with two children, costing RM6 and RM3, respectively, for 30 minutes.
The morning session is from 10am on weekdays and 9am on weekends, until 11am, while the evening session is from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. There is also the waterball, for which one is charged RM15 for a clumsy 10-minute roll on the water.
Horse riding is a hit among children.
When I was a child, I loved visiting the horses at the horse riding facility, nearby. The sight of horses grazing in the paddocks is simply beautiful.
If you pay a visit between 9am and 11am or between 4pm and 6pm, on a weekend, public holiday or during the school holidays, you can ride a horse, with a guide of course, for only RM1 for a child and RM1.50 for an adult.
Joggers can be seen at the park at almost any time if the day.
The children’s playground is the busiest area in the park. The hanging bridge connecting one play area to another is exciting for both parents and their children.
For the bored parents and adults, there is an exercise area next to the playground with equipments such as twist-and-step, chest press and rowing. Ice-cream peddlers are also close-by.
Food is not a problem for visitors as there are many snack sellers, shops and restaurants, nearby.
Visiting the park during peak hours has its advantages as you might spot some enterprising individuals, offering their creative services.
I spotted a clown at one end of the playground, offering to make sculpted balloons in various shapes for RM2 per design. Another group of boys were also seen offering children’s battery-powered vehicles for rental at RM10 for a 20-minute ride.
The inline skaters dominated the astaka (pavilion). If you do not have roller skates, you can rent them for RM5 for 30 minutes, but you must wear socks, or else buy a new pair for RM2.
There is also a radio car race track. If you are lucky to visit the park during a race, be sure to catch it.
Titiwangsa Lake Gardens is one of the better parks in the city that caters to the young and old, the athletes and those wanting some leisure time.
Food is not a problem, as there are many peddlers selling snacks, as well as shops and restaurants, nearby.
But, I always end my trip by stopping by at a humble stall along Lorong Titiwangsa 5, which in my opinion, serves the best ginger tea in town.
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