SINGAPORE — The Japanese Garden, Chinese Garden and Jurong Lake Park in the Lakeside precinct are set to be developed into the Jurong Lake Gardens, as part of upgrading plans for the district.
Speaking at the National Day Rally today (Aug 17), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the Japanese and Chinese Gardens are “dated“ and under-utilised, and much more could be done.
The project is envisioned as a “people’s garden“ and the public will be invited to submit their ideas for it next year. When completed, the Gardens will be maintained by community gardeners from all parts of Singapore. It could also be connected to the islandwide park connector network and the Jurong River.
The Gardens will also house the new Science Centre next to Chinese Garden MRT station, expected to be ready in 2020. The new site will allow the centre to integrate with the natural environment around Jurong Lake and “inspire our young in fun and exciting ways”, Mr Lee said.
There are also plans to build more Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats in the north of the precinct, and down south around Pandan Reservoir, when industrial leases there run out over the next 20 to 30 years. In the long term, the Ayer Rajah Expressway may also be shifted southwards to make room for more lakeside housing.
Spread over 220 ha of land and 70 ha of water, Lakeside is one of two precincts in the Jurong Lake District which is envisaged as a business and leisure destination.
The Government is in talks with the Malaysian authorities on the possibility of siting the Singapore terminus of the proposed High-Speed Rail link with Kuala Lumpur in Jurong East. New MRT lines such as the Jurong Region Line and Cross Island Line – targeted for completion by 2025 and 2030 respectively – will also improve public access to the area.