The city of Ipoh is located about 200 km north of Kuala Lumpur. Journey through the North South Expressway (NSE or PLUS Highway) takes a breezy 2 1/2 hours through scenic rolling valleys, palm oil plantations and limestone hills of Peninsula Malaysia. Distances from other major cities: Penang (2 hours), Johor Bharu (6 hours), Singapore (6 1/2 hours) and Kuantan (5 hours).
This recreational park is located along Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar, close to the Ipoh General Hospital, Ipoh YMCA and Anderson School.
Affectionately known as Taman DR among the locals, this city park is much revered and beloved by the city dwellers. It was formerly known as Coronation Park (a primary school by that name still prevails today) before it is now known as Taman D.R. Seenivasagam to commemorate the life of a prominent lawyer who founded the Perak Progressive Party (PPP), which is still somewhat in existence today. The park was built in 1960.
I have my own childhood memory of this place. Back in the old days, it was the popular playground that my parents would bring us to. I recalled bringing slices of bread to this park to feed the fish at the pond. The sight of voracious freshwater fish shoving each other for that tiny bite of bread slice was deeply entrenched in my recollection. Also I recalled that the park used to host other attractions, like electric car rides (something like a go-cart), miniature bicycle path fully equipped with road signs for educational purposes, as well as musical horse carousel.
Today, the park probably no longer hosts such carnival-like attractions. Here, you can only find peace and solace, except during the occasional city events where the citizens will congregate for communal activities. The fish pond is still there but I did not try to toss any slices of bread into it. Perhaps the same fish from 20 years ago still reside here, awaiting visits from the beloved sons and daughters of this city who have traveled far and wide across the world. Boating and canoeing are still possible at the scenic fish pond and there should be no reason not to try it.
The landscaping is well maintained by the city authority. Old trees are left in their original states, creating a soothing ambience of greenery and calmness. To me, my main interest went to the massive colony of bamboo trees that were planted closely together. There are ample spaces for family picnic on the lush green grass.
Outside, by the road side, there are a number of playing fields commonly utilised by the locals. During my visit, a softball game was underway, perhaps for the local league, judging from how the players were fully dressed up in fanciful jerseys and protective helmets.
Also check out my separate article on the Japanese Garden inside this park.
A beautiful and peaceful park. A great family getaway.