She was speaking at the launch of the trail at Taman Tun Fuad yesterday morning. Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir who was present expressed gratitude to RISM for their efforts and commended them for performing their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
“If you follow the trail and reach the top, you will be able to see the panoramic view of Kota Kinabalu and as far north as Menggatal and as far south as Putatan.
“It gives a scenic contrast of the blue-green sea to the west, the pristine green of the forested areas to the east and the multi-coloured housing and commercial developments against an azure sky backdrop.
“I’m sure this spot will become a potential tourism attraction,” said Madingkir in his speech at the launch.
He also advised the public to keep the park clean and take care of its facilities.
Both locals and foreigners frequent the park and Abidin said it was of the utmost importance to keep it clean, especially as 2014 is a Visit Malaysia Year.
Meanwhile, Madingkir said the City Hall would be looking into the presence of stray dogs in the park.
The City Hall receives a fair amount of reports concerning stray dogs, including complaints that the dogs can be dangerous.
“There are a few restaurants around this area so the dogs will come,” he told reporters after launching the Surveyor’s Trail Extension.
On dog owners taking their pets to the park, Madingkir said that his only concern is those who do not clean after their dogs.
“I remember being in a park in Paris and the dog owner would be ready to catch the dog’s excrement even before it reached the ground. We don’t have that kind of culture here.
“We don’t want joggers to be stepping on dog faeces,” he said.
He added that City Hall would be looking into providing the best for park patrons and their pets.
However, Madingkir said it is not advisable for dog owners to take their pets to the newly-constructed jogging track at Tanjung Lipat (Likas Bay) here as the path is too narrow to accommodate pets.
The track is designed for pedestrians, cyclists and people with disabilities and taking a pet could make it dangerous for them, he said.