SUBANG JAYA: The USJ 11/1 football field, which has been plagued with patches of barren soil for the past few years, has now been replanted with grass by the local council.
“It will take three months for the grass to grow,” said Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) Youth, Sport and Culture senior assistant director Muhammad Zaki Yusoff.
Yeoh (fourth from left), Muhammad Zaki (second from left), Rajiv (left), Wong (fourth from right) and Khoo (right) at the new-look field. (Inset) The damaged field before it was patched up.
The council will then carry out rolling works to ensure the 10,988 sq metre field is level.
Muhammad Zaki was speaking to the press during a visit at the field on Tuesday.
He said the estimated cost to repair the field was RM180,000 but after an open tender, the field was patched up for RM150,000.
“Field maintenance will be RM5,900 a month, which includes cutting grass twice a month, fertilisers, and cleaning nearby futsal courts.”
Work to construct drains around the field to prevent water retention will be completed in three weeks.
“The field is now much nicer. It used to be so sandy from soil erosion that you could make sandcastles here,” said resident Gary Wong.
He said the field, together with the futsal court, volleyball court, and skateboard park next to it, enjoyed heavy usage by residents from the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Wong, who has been living in USJ 11 for 16 years, says he now looks forward to bringing his three children to the field to play.
“It is a big improvement. I hope the field can stay like this or even improve further,” said USJ 11/3 Residents’ Association chairperson Jeffrey Khoo.
Also present during the visit was Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh who said the field is the biggest in the area and as such is heavily used.
She called on nearby residents to monitor visitors to the field and advise them not to use it until the grass has fully grown.
Concerning individuals who drink bottled beverages at the field and leave broken glass behind, she urged residents to call the police if they see such people.
“Don’t confront them. Call the police and let the authorities deal with them,” said MPSJ councillor Rajiv Rishyakaran who was also present.
Yeoh added that she will be using her allocation to place more lights at the field for added security at night.