New Bukit Gombak Park to be ready in early 2020
31 Mar 2019
The new park will feature a hill trek, a biophilic playgarden and a dog run
The National Parks Board (NParks) today commenced works for the new Bukit Gombak Park. Located at Bukit Batok Batok West Avenue 5, opposite Bukit Batok Driving Centre, the 4.8 ha park will feature a hill trek, a nature playgarden and other recreational facilities amidst nature and lush greenery to serve the different needs of residents. The park is scheduled to be opened in early 2020.
Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health and Adviser to Chua Chu Kang GROs, and Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower, and Mayor, South West District, broke ground at the site of the park today, signalling the start of works.
In planning for the new park, NParks engaged residents to gather feedback on features they would like to have in the park. Feedback received were varied, and suggestions included having more biodiversity-attracting plants, tranquil areas to enjoy nature, recreational spaces for families and friends, and opportunities for the community to do gardening and be closer to nature.
In response to the feedback received, the new park will feature a Nature Area and an Active Area to meet the diverse recreational needs of the community.
Located on a hill, the Nature Area will allow park goers to appreciate nature up close. The main feature of this area is an inclined looped 400m hill trek modelled after the trails in Bukit Timah. Besides alleviating visitorship pressure on the nearby Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, the hill trek will help residents to stay healthy in nature.
NParks, together with the community, will be planting more than 2000 trees comprising some 16 species of trees, such as the critically endangered Yellow Flame (Peltophorum pterocarpum), and others like Belinjau (Gnetum gnemon) and Pink Mempat (Cratoxylum formosum) trees.
The Active Area will feature an open lawn for events, an outdoor fitness area, a community garden, a F&B outlet and public toilets. The existing basketball court next to Block 394 will also be incorporated as part of the park.
Other features at the Bukit Gombak Park will include a biophilic playgarden which will encourage children to play amid nature. A slide will be integrated into the natural sloped terrain and there will be nature-inspired play equipment, such as balancing beams set amongst trees and shrubs.
The park will also include a 480 sqm dog run, the first in the Bukit Gombak area. It will be sited on a flat terrain for dogs to run without leash, with benches for dog owners to rest.
Said Ms Low: “The new Bukit Gombak Park will substantially expand our green space and enhance this area's iconic status as a lush and green oasis. There will be something for everyone at the Bukit Gombak Park. To meet the diverse needs of our residents, it will have two distinct areas - one tailored for active lifestyles, and the other for nature lovers. From a dog run to hill trek and community garden, the upcoming features are based on the feedback drawn from our residents. We hope this new facility will not only add to their current recreational choices, it will improve the quality of life they enjoy here.”
Said Mr Gan: “The new Bukit Gombak Park will be a welcome addition to the network of parks and green spaces in the South West area, together with the picturesque landscape of Little Guilin and the verdant trails of Bukit Batok Nature Park. As our population ages, green spaces such as Bukit Gombak Park will allow for multi-generational recreation, relaxation and enjoying the peace of mind.”
The new Bukit Gombak Park will complement the existing Bukit Batok Town Park and Bukit Batok Nature Park. These parks are connected via the Choa Chu Kang Park Connector.
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