Jurong Lake Gardens
Pushpa Venkatraman, long-time resident of Singapore and an early childhood teacher discovers the newly-opened Jurong Lakeside Garden where the Hort show is currently being held till the 5th of May.
My husband and I have lived in Jurong for the past 20 years and we frequently walk around Lakeside and in the Chinese Garden, something we did even when they were under construction. After reading an article in the Straits Times and seeing some pictures on SingaporeforKids site, we were very curious to find out what changes had been made at the Jurong Lake.
Were we in for a surprise!
The new features include a concert venue, long and large playgrounds and open spaces for various activities. Being an early childhood teacher, I was drawn to the playgrounds and was struck by the myriad structures built for various age groups. Children were excitedly exploring each one of them!
We walked on and came upon the grasslands where children could be seen exploring or playing games on the hills while adults relaxed on the grass. This brought back childhood memories and the educator in me thought that this was such a fun way for children to get in touch with nature!
Our next stop was the Hort exhibition. Buggies transport families from the entrance to the exhibition, which in itself is very exciting for children. Just outside was a showcase of beautiful orchids. I was spellbound by their numbers and varieties and the interesting and unique ways in which they were displayed.
Inside the exhibition were several stalls selling a variety of plants. We were particularly interested in the self-watering pots for plants and another stall selling a similar – but larger – device for growing vegetables.
Moving on, I was delightfully surprised by two large swimming pools at one end of the park. Families were enjoying a dip in the pool. There were places to sit and watch over children and loved ones. A lifeguard was on duty as well.
There is a beautiful ambience around the park and it is lovely to see Singaporeans coming out in droves to visit with their families. It felt like a theme park with something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
At the end of our walk we listened to an open-air concert by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. People had brought blankets and sheets to sit on and were enjoying the music. It was perfect end to a lovely evening walk.
Channel News Asia reports that the National Parks had nature, community and play in mind when they designed the first phase of the Lakeside Gardens. In my view, they certainly have fulfilled that mission. It is a thriving, lively place to visit and we plan on returning to discover other parts of this new development!
Editors Note :
According to the National Parks Board website, Jurong Lake Gardens is Singapore’s new national garden in the heartlands – a people’s garden with landscaped spaces created specifically for families and the community to enjoy and experience.
The 90-hectare Gardens comprises Lakeside Garden (formerly Jurong Lake Gardens West), Chinese and Japanese Gardens (formerly Jurong Lake Gardens Central) and Garden Promenade (formerly Jurong Lake Gardens East).
Jurong Lake Gardens is accessible from Chinese Garden or Lakeside MRT stations, and by bus services 49 and 154 from Jurong East or Boon Lay Interchanges. Car parks are accessible from Yuan Ching Road.