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8 Parks in KL You Should Visit - ExpatGoMalaysia.com

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As a bustling metropolitan that is full of concrete buildings, motor vehicles and people moving about, the city of Kuala Lumpur might be the last place one would think of when looking for a nice park. Contrary to what some may believe, KL is actually home to some pretty nice parks, filled with greenery, jogging and biking paths, activity facilities and more.
Below are 8 parks in KL you should visit.

1. KLCC  Park

Located right in the city centre, the KLCC Park is a beautiful place that is rich in greenery and various recreational facilities.
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About KLCC Park
The park is a good spot for a temporary retreat from the city atmosphere. Designed by the talented Brazilian master of gardens, the late Roberto Burle Marx, the park spreads over 50 acres of land and houses about 1900 indigenous trees and 66 species of palm trees. The trees planted were specifically chosen to attract local and migratory birds. The park also has specially designed water fountains and sculptures.

Recreational facilities available at the park cater to both adults and children. For children, there is a playground and a children’s pool area whereas for adults, there is a 1.3 km jogging track surrounding the park. The park also provides many other public amenities such as shelters, benches, rest areas, drinking fountains and so on.

2. Taman Jaya Park

As the first park to be built in PJ, this neighbourhood park has been catering to its neighbourhood residents for a long time now.
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About Taman Jaya Park
The park has a lake and is filled with lush greenery, shady trees, shrubs and flowers. Providing a simple and serene atmosphere, the park is an ideal place to enjoy recreational activities such as jogging or walking around the lake, cycling, exercising and so on. Besides that, it also has a children’s playground and picnic tables.


3. Titiwangsa Park

The Titiwangsa Park is another beautiful lake garden in the city of Kuala Lumpur.
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About Titiwangsa Park
With its huge lake as its main attraction, the park covers an extensive area of 95 hectares and boasts a variety of recreational facilities that is great for the whole family.  Besides the usual jogging tracks, cycling areas and playgrounds for children, the park also has other facilities such as boating and canoeing facilities, a football field, a badminton court, tennis court and squash court. Interestingly, the park even has a remote control car track and a small equestrian track. There are also various public amenities provided such as benches, food stalls, a pavilion and a stadium.


4. KL Lake Gardens Park

Established in 1888, the Lake Gardens or Perdana Botanical Garden (in Malay), is Kuala Lumpur's first large-scale recreational park.
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About KL Lake Gardens
The park is lush in greenery with sculpted gardens and a wide array of native plants and trees. Spread over a vast land of 91.6 hectares, the park houses various recreational facilities which include jogging tracks, exercise stations, a children’s playground, and rowing boats and so on. Besides that, the park also has several notable areas for sightseeing such as the orchid garden, the Butterfly Park and deer park. With stunning views of the lake and numerous shady spots, the park is also a good place to picnic.

5. Botanical Gardens, Putrajaya

The Putrajaya Botanical Gardens or Taman Botani (in Malay) is located in the planned city of Putrajaya which is 25km south of Kuala Lumpur.
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About Botanical Gardens Putrajaya
Although the park is not directly within the city of Kuala Lumpur, it is indeed one of the must-see attractions if you are around KL.

Sometimes referred to as a “City in the Garden”, Putrajaya actually houses eight major parks with the Putrajaya Botanical Gardens being one of the most favoured amongst visitors.

The park is mostly a vast greenland filled with a variety of plant, tree and flower species planted in designated areas. Some of the plant collections available here are the Canna Walk, Fern Garden, Floral Steps, African Collection, Tropical America Collection, Hibiscus Walk, Bougainvillea Tunnel and Pandanus Walk.  Besides that, the park also encourages visitors to hire bicycles for a bike ride, or hop on a boat or tram for an enjoyable ride. There are also a few good spots for picnics.

6. Lembah Kiara Park

Wedged in between the Taman Tun Dr. Ismail district and the KL Golf and Country Club development, the Lembah Kiara Park is yet another beautiful park located within the city of Kuala Lumpur.
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About Lembah Kiara Park
Featuring a huge lake with a wide array of recreational facilities such as jogging tracks, exercise stations, a children’s playground and picnic spots, the park is definitely a great place to spend your weekend with family and friends. Visitors to the park will also be able to see monkeys roaming around due to the park’s close proximity to the dense forests of Bukit Kiara. For those who seek more adventure, hiking or mountain biking at Bukit Kiara is also a great option.


7. Kepong Metropolitan Park

While travelling on the MRR2, follow the tell-tale signs of kites in the skies and you will find a park filled with people jogging, fishing, and kite-flying.
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About Kepong Metropolitan Park
This park’s greenery also makes it the perfect spot to lay out a mat and have some good food. This park consists of a 57-hectare man-made lake where anglers can put their skills to test, jogging and cycling tracks, a children’s playground, a boat house, an observation tower, reflexology facilities, and an open space for kite enthusiasts and picnickers. If you don’t have a kite, worry not as there are vendors selling kites of various sizes and designs. Pick one that tickles your fancy and relive your childhood memories.

8. Central Park 2 Desa Parkcity

You know you’ve hit the jackpot when the first sight that greets the eye as you walk into Central Park at Desa ParkCity is the shimmering lake surrounded by a paved jogging track.
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About Central Park 2 Desa Parkcity
This park boasts well-kept lawns, a beautiful lake, and park benches that make it a great place to bring your family (and dogs, too) for a picnic, or to merely lie on the grass and wind down with a good book. With the idyllic Central Lake at its core, The Central Park truly represents an ideal getaway from the tribulations of the city life. Other noteworthy mentions are that Central Park is a canine-friendly park that provides dog waste disposal bags to encourage visitors to clean up after their four-legged companions, with a children’s playground complete with child-proof play equipment, park benches, rest areas, and a man-made stream to complete the whole relaxing experience. Along the Central Park are wide, tree-lined jogging paths beckoning residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors with its captivating vistas.
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