From left, Friends of Marine Park, Friends of TreesSG and Friends of Rail Corridor
The Friends of the Parks is a ground-led initiative to promote stewardship and responsible use of Singapore's parks. The initiative is modelled after the successful Friends of Ubin Network (FUN). It was conceived during the SGFuture conversations in January 2016, where participants called for greater community ownership and stewardship of our parks.
From left, Friends of East Coast Park, Friends of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Friends of Park Connector Network
The Friends of the Parks initiative consist of localised communities representing active stakeholders and volunteers within the park's ecosystem. Through the formation of the Friends of the Parks community, Friends can play a more active role in promoting active and responsible uses of our Parks through ground-led programmes and initiatives.
Our Friends Today
Since its launch in April 2016, the Friends of the Parks initiative has grown to ten communities, each with its unique focus:
In 2019, the Friends of the Parks Engagement initiative was extended to involve communities to take part in the design, development and management of Singapore’s parks and green spaces. Communities will be invited to co-create more than 50 parks across Singapore over the next five years.
With this extension, the community will be involved starting from the conceptualisation and design phase to the construction phase, as well as to manage the park after its completion. We are also engaging a wider range of stakeholders so that the community can play a larger role in designing and developing parks for fellow Singaporeans. Through these efforts, we aim to co-create parks with meaningful facilities that would cater to the community’s needs and lifestyle.
How It's Done: The Engagement Process
Conceptualising & Design
Focus group discussion for Pasir Panjang Park
The community will take part in reimagining the park experience, generating ideas based on their insights. This could be carried out through 1-on-1 interviews, focus group discussions, observations, or on-site interviews. Using these inputs, they will then be guided to put together a design document.
After the preliminary design plan is charted out, the community will help to test out the proposed design on future user groups, and refine the design plan from the feedback gathered.
This process can take up to four months.
Friends of Park Connector Network
During the construction of the park, the community will assist in works such as:
- Planting of shrubs and trees
- Habitat enhancement for wildlife and biodiversity
- Design of interpretive signage
Friends of Park Connector Network
After construction is completed, the community can curate programmes, organise activities and events, and also help to manage the park.
Pasir Panjang Park is the first park to benefit from this community engagement initiative. It holds significant natural and maritime heritage that can interest stakeholders to reimagine the park to be a vibrant place for the community, to create new bonds and strengthen existing ones, bring people closer to the Port to discover or rediscover Singapore’s natural and maritime heritage, or to just have a place to escape the busy city life.
Telok Ayer Park
Telok Ayer Park sits in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) and it is at the cross junction of three key busy roads – Maxwell Road, Cecil Road and Telok Ayer Street. With many cosy nooks and swings interspersed within the park, the relaxing and intimate park setting allows visitors to sit comfortably under the shade of our majestic mature trees. The community and those working near the park are invited to share their thoughts on how this charming green space can be enhanced and made more inclusive for all.
Raffles Place Park
Located on the south bank of the Singapore River, Raffles Place Park is a green space strategically nestled within the heart of the Central Business District. Many professionals working in the area enjoy visiting and using the park for gatherings, lunch, and a quick respite away from the office. The community and stakeholders are invited to reimagine this popular spot within Singapore’s iconic city landscape.
Envisioned as a journey through a riverine forest, the Bukit Timah-Rochor Green Corridor will be a new linear park along the Bukit Timah Canal that will be part of the 360 km island-wide network of recreational routes that we are currently curating, enabling Singaporeans to explore nature throughout the island while enhancing connectivity between various places of interests, as well as natural and urban landscapes.
The first phase of the project consists of a sky park elevated above the Bukit Timah canal and spans around 1 km, from the Rail Corridor at Rifle Range Road to Jalan Kampong Chantek.
Click here to find out more about the Bukit Timah-Rochor Green Corridor.
Tampines Boulevard Park
Tampines Boulevard Park is situated in the Tampines North Region, adjacent to Sun Plaza Park and Tampines Eco Green. Flanked by the upcoming public residential areas, this park can interest stakeholders to visualise the space to be a vibrant community space for families and friends and bring Tampines residents closer.
Villa Verde Park
An extension of Villa Verde Park will be developed across the canal from the existing green space. Intersecting with both Pang Sua Park Connector and the future Rail Corridor, the expanded Villa Verde Park offers yet another recreational green option to the estate’s residents, and potential as a space to bring the Villa Verde community together. The additional park space abuts the upcoming Rail Corridor, and will also function as an activity node for Rail Corridor users.
Punggol Heritage Trail
The existing Punggol Road will be transformed into a pedestrainised heritage trail, while maintaining its original feature of undulating terrain. The new Punggol Heritage Trail will run across the Punggol Digital District, connecting Punggol Waterway Park to Punggol Promenade Park Connector.
Offering seamless connectivity to the upcoming JTC Business Park spaces, Singapore Institute of Technology's campus and residential estates, the community and stakeholders can come together to co-create a green and enjoyable space for all.
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