NParks completes Lakeside Garden in Jurong Lake Gardens with opening of northern section
01 Apr 2023
- 60-ha Lakeside Garden now complete
-New youth-oriented amenities, including the biggest outdoor skate park in Singapore
Today, the National Parks Board (NParks) completed the development of Lakeside Garden, one of three gardens within the 90-hectare Jurong Lake Gardens, along with the upcoming Chinese and Japanese Gardens. Located in the western part of the Gardens, the 60-ha Lakeside Garden has a new northern section that serves as its newest active zone. It features the biggest outdoor skate park in Singapore, situated amidst recreated forest habitats interspersed with wetland pools. The skate park is also the first in Singapore with a parkour park and bouldering wall, and was designed in close consultation with the community. The new active zone expands the variety of experiences for visitors of all ages at Lakeside Garden, advancing the Gardens’ vision of being a people’s garden.
Located adjacent to Lakeside MRT station, the new 7-ha northern section of Lakeside Garden serves as a main gateway into the Gardens, the first national gardens in the heartlands, and offers the public even more recreational options set amidst nature, contributing towards NParks’ efforts to transform Singapore into a City in Nature.
To mark the completion of Lakeside Garden, special guests Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies and Adviser to Jurong GRC Grassroots Organisations (GROs) (Taman Jurong), Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment and Adviser to Yuhua GROs, and other Advisers to Jurong GRC GROs joined Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration, to plant Jurong trees (Mussaendopsis beccariana) at the northern section of Lakeside Garden.
New youth-oriented amenities, including biggest outdoor skate park in Singapore
Lakeside Garden is a green recreational node with spaces for all to enjoy, including nature areas with rich biodiversity, community spaces for events and gatherings, and active zones for leisure and recreation. Similarly, the new northern section was designed in accordance with the Gardens’ key themes of nature, community and play. It is the newest active zone within Lakeside Garden, offering an array of youth-oriented amenities. This includes the biggest outdoor skate park in Singapore at nearly 17,000 m2, which also includes a parkour park and a bouldering wall.
These features are the culmination of the feedback received from engagements with various sport interest groups such as skateboarders, in-line skaters, BMX riders and parkour enthusiasts. The skate park will also play host to vibrant programming for the youths and sporting community, such as skateboarding or parkour-related competitions and workshops.
Continued focus on sustainability and technology
As NParks’ Living Lab, the Gardens is a showcase for sustainable design and development, and smart technology for sustainable operations. The northern section of Lakeside Garden continues the Gardens’ emphasis on sustainability and technology with solutions that contribute towards sustainable outcomes and efficient operations. These include using greener materials that are sensitive to the environment such as mass-engineered timber, leveraging nature-based solutions such as vegetated detention ponds for irrigation, and implementing the first Integrated Gardens Management System in a park or garden. This push for sustainability is also in line with the Singapore Green Plan 2030, a nationwide movement that charts Singapore’s sustainable development.
Since the opening of Lakeside Garden in 2019, the Gardens has attracted over 17 million visitors. With Lakeside Garden now completed, the public can next look forward to the opening of Chinese and Japanese Gardens in 2024. The Gardens is part of broader efforts to develop Jurong Lake District as an urban centre outside the downtown area to bring jobs, amenities and recreational options closer to homes. As the green oasis of Jurong Lake District, the Gardens with its upcoming features will continue to serve as a people’s garden for all to enjoy within our City in Nature.
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