Chinese, Japanese Gardens to Undergo Transformation
A major upgrade of the old Chinese and Japanese Gardens will soon take place to complete the 90-ha masterplans for the future Jurong Lake Gardens. Built in the 1970s, the old gardens will be transformed with an addition of new spaces for the community as well as tropical and aquatic gardens and outlets for food and beverages to serve park goers.
One of the highlights of this major transformation includes a waterfront promenade as well as a water gallery trail where park goers can enjoy nature and art through a boat-ride. All of these will take place at the eastern part of Jurong Lake.
A public exhibition was already held at Canopy @ J Link In Jurong East where guests can give feedbacks regarding the development. Lawrence Wong, the National Development Minister, is behind the great project and welcomed comments from the visitors.
Landscape Design Inc, SALD, and Liu & Wo Architects are the brains behind the development of the Jurong Lake Gardens. Mr. Wong also gave the residents and assurance that iconic landmarks such as the tea house, pagoda, bonsai garden, and the connecting bridge will be remained despite of the renovations. The minister also added that while there may be new elements added in the garden, some of the areas will be retained to keep important memories of the residents, such as the seven-storey pagoda and the Double Beauty Bridge connecting the Chinese and Japanese Gardens.
Jurong Lake Gardens will soon join with Singapore’s national gardens, together with Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Botanic Garden. The new project comprising a land area of 90 hectares, almost the same size of 144 football fields, shall be located at the western side of Jurong along Yuan Ching Road. The new tourist attraction, featuring water sports facilities, children’s water play areas, and a boardwalk, is expected to be finished by 2018. Following the development of the western section will be the eastern and central part of Jurong which should be ready by 2020, according to the National Parks Board.
The Jurong Lake District will soon rise to become Singapore’s second Central Business District and the station for a high-speed rail connection to Kuala Lumpur. The Jurong Lake Gardens is just a part of this huge development project.
The Jurong Lake Gardens, despite of being Singapore’s third, will have its unique identity that blends perfectly with its environment, according to Mr. Lee Nai Jia. The head of South-east Asia research of the property consulting company, Edmund Tie & Company, Mr. Lee also added that the gardens will attract more talents and investors to work on the second CBD. The beautiful landscapes and nature parks to be developed in Jurong Disctrict will enable residents and professionals enjoy a walk during their leisure time. Singapore government investment to create a better environment in Jurong will benefit Singapore property price in Singapore west region. New condo such as Lake Grande and up and coming Clement Canopy in Clementi will definite see increase interest.
The director of Liu & Wo Architects Mr. Alvin Liew said the team that the concept of the project was inspired with nature and art. They wanted re-introduce people to nature as well as create a people’s garden, leading to the designs of the moss and fern garden, a swamp forest trail, and the edible garden of fruits and vegetables which are served fresh in a restaurant. The Jurong District will also boast a 3-meter waterfall and water wall courtyard for its visitors.
The masterplans of the Jurong Lake Gardens project is open to the public until December 4, from 11am to 9pm. The next exhibition will be located at the Lakeside MRT Station from December 5 to 11, starting at 5am up to 12:45am.
Jurong Lake Gardens Central and East Development Plans
The spacious lawn in front of Jurong Lake is an ideal place for community activities and festivals. The Event Lawn is expected to hold about 7,000 visitors which can increase tourism in the area. Nearby residents can also use the spacious lawn for other recreational activities.
Edible Show Garden
The garden is surrounded with fruits and vegetables arranged in a beautiful landscape. Visitors can have a taste of the fresh produce served through a restaurant beside the garden.
Moon Lantern Terrace
The Moon Lantern Terrace serves as a relaxing place for individuals. Lights inside the pavilions are designed in such a way to entertain the guests by changing its shapes depending on the moon phases.
The Aquatic Gardens is a habitat for diverse aquatic plants. Visitors can enjoy the greenery landscapes and lakes that feature a number of water plants like lotuses and water lilies.
Water Wall Court
Waterfalls with a height of 3m shall be one of the features in the Water Wall Court. Guests will experience a cool environment with water falling from the nearby Jurong Lake.
Hanging Bonsai Gate
The Hanging Bonsai Garden features numerous tropical bonsai plants. Guests can appreciate a display of diverse bonsai plants arranged in such a way that they look like being suspended in mid-air.
Water Gallery Trail
The Water Gallery Trail allows guests to take leisure boat-riding activities and enjoy the views of diverse plants and landscapes surrounding the place.
Old Chinese and Japanese Gardens To Be Developed Into Jurong Lake Gardens
The 40-year old Chinese and Japanese Gardens will soon be transformed into a new beautiful paradise. The National Development Minister Lawrence Wong describes the development as something exciting and fresh while retaining some of the familiar elements of the place.
In a public exhibition, the development plans of the gardens which will soon become the future Jurong Lake Gardens were showcased. Among the features of this new attraction includes spaces for nature and community activities. Despite of this new transformation, the iconic structures of the gardens will be retained.
The construction of the new garden will commence at the end of 2018 and is expected to be finished by the year 2020. The project will comprise the development of new spaces for guests which includes a 3-meter high waterfall within a courtyard and a spacious lawn that can hold up to 7,000 people. All of these will take place around the familiar landmarks of the area, like the Stone Boat and pagoda’s at the Chinese Gardens.
A public exhibition of the project can be viewed at Canopy @ J Link in Jurong East which will be open until December 4. Visitors can also offer their views of the proposed plans to the National Parks Board (NParks). The development plans for the eastern part of Jurong Lake Gardens is also open to the public for viewing.
Although the area is currently a grassy field, the project will include a waterfront promenade as well as an amphitheatre, according to Mr. Wong. The public can also expect a skate park located at the northern section and a new Science Center which is expected to be open in 2020.
The western part of the Jurong Lake Gardens is currently undergoing construction to complement the central and eastern portions of the area. The project is expected to be ready by 2018.
The National Development Minister also mentioned that the connection of the Gardens around the area is one of the biggest plans of the project. The perimeter will serve as a 6-km trail for jogging, walking, and cycling. The area around the Jurong Country Club will soon turn into a High Speed Rail Terminus connecting to Kuala Lumpur.
The NPark is also currently considering amenities like shuttle buses, self-driving vehicles and buggies to aid young children, senior citizens, and people with disabilities to go around the park more easily.
The developers Liu & Wo Architects, Landscapes Design Inc and SALD were behind the proposal of the huge project Jurong Lake Gardens Central and East. According to Chang Huai Yan, the direction of SALD, the group’s plans include plants which have both practical and artistic roles. One of the examples they mentioned are the roles of Water Lilies in the gardens. These aquatic plants have important roles for phytoremediation, which means that these plants can help remove contaminants out from the lake through a series of natural processes.