Jurong Lake Gardens - An endearing garden in the heartlands
24 Aug 2014
The Jurong Lake Gardens is envisioned to be an endearing garden in the heartlands, one that promises to offer Singaporeans from all walks of life access to the best green spaces for leisure. It is where the spirit of community gardening will take centre stage as community gardeners, designers and partners come together to co-create show gardens that showcase their talents and creations.
To be managed by NParks, the Jurong Lake Gardens will span about 90 ha, comprising the Jurong Lake Park as well as the existing Chinese and Japanese Gardens which will be redeveloped. The new Science Centre will be integrated within the Gardens.
The development of the Jurong Lake Gardens will be done sensitively to preserve the rustic charm of the existing areas that hold special meanings and memories for both Jurong residents and Singaporeans. At the same time, new elements will also be incorporated to inject a fresh vibrancy to the area for the community’s enjoyment.
Key Design Principles
The Jurong Lake Gardens will be conceptualised and developed around the four key design principles of
- Co-creating show gardens with the community
- Restoring nature back to the living environment
- Integrating science & technology with horticulture
- Activating garden spaces with active programming
Jurong Lake Gardens will present opportunities for NParks to bring our community gardeners, local landscape designers and industry partners together to co-create and maintain show gardens.
The new Gardens will return nature to the living environment through the enhancement of existing habitats for native flora and fauna.
Jurong Lake Gardens will offer visitors an educational experience on the integration of science and technology with horticulture.
There will be plans for events and performances to be organised regularly at the new Gardens for the community’s enjoyment.
A Showcase and Pride of Local Community, Design and Industry Talent
The Jurong Lake Gardens will present opportunities for show or display gardens of high horticultural quality and content to be created and maintained by community gardeners nationwide. NParks intends to bring the community gardeners together to work alongside local landscape designers and industry partners, to create and maintain show gardens of high horticulture standards. In this way, the show gardens will be the pride of all gardeners and be showpieces of their collective talent and dedication to gardening.
Community gardeners from all parts of Singapore could come to Jurong Lake Gardens to cultivate plants of high horticultural quality and interest for display, and undertake the maintenance and curation work, as well as conduct tours and clinics. These gardeners could also share harvests and plant materials such as seeds and cuttings from the gardens with other community gardeners to further inculcate and spread the spirit of community gardening across the island.
The following are some ways in which community gardeners could be involved in a greater way at Jurong Lake Gardens:
- We will be seeking ideas from our more than 3,500 community gardeners on how they can co-create Jurong Lake Gardens with us.
- Gardens could have changing displays where top community gardeners could be invited on a regular basis to showcase their design and horticultural talents in creating a display;
- Plants of high horticultural quality and interest could be cultivated for display at the gardens and community gardeners from all parts of Singapore could come to Jurong to undertake maintenance and curation work, as well as conduct tours and clinics.
First phase to be completed by 2017
The Jurong Lake Gardens will be developed in phases, and implementation plans will dovetail with the greater plans for the Jurong Lake District. The first phase is the completion of only Jurong Lake Park in 2017. This new destination park was announced in 2012 as part of NParks’ City in a Garden public engagement exercise. The plans for its development and completion are on track as earlier planned. The Jurong Lake Park will be subsequently be integrated with the Chinese and Japanese Garden as part of the master plan for the Jurong Lake Gardens. The new Gardens will be completed from 2020 onwards.
NParks will be seeking ideas and engaging with designers and the community on the masterplan design of the Jurong Lake Gardens project in 2015. From there, the design will be formulated.
In the meantime, we welcome ideas and feedback from community on the new Gardens at email@example.com.