Jurong Lake Gardens is envisioned to be Singapore’s new national gardens in the heartlands, a people’s garden for leisure and recreation, and a model for sustainability in green development.
The First National Gardens in the Heartland
JLG will be the first national gardens in the heartlands. It will complement two existing world-class national gardens – Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) and Gardens by the Bay (GB). SBG’s strength lies in its botanical emphasis, research and heritage value, whilst GB’s strength is in its themed gardens and sustainability efforts. JLG’s focus is to be a people’s garden accessible to all segments of the community.
Leisure and Recreation Destination
JLG will be a unique leisure and recreation destination amongst the other major parks including East Coast Park, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Pasir Ris Park, and is strategically located to serve the western region of Singapore.
Model for Sustainability
JLG is a vital green infrastructure that contributes to Jurong Lake District’s vision to be ‘a leading model for Singapore in developing a mixed-use urban district that is sustainable, smart and connected’. It will feature sustainable design systems and smart technologies that enable sustainable operation.
Jurong Lake District
Jurong Lake Gardens will be within the larger Jurong Lake District, which comprises Lakeside Gateway, Jurong Gateway and Lakeside.
Lakeside Gateway, together with the adjoining Jurong Gateway, will be transformed into 'A District of the Future' and Singapore's second Central Business District.
Jurong Lake Gardens will be Singapore’s new national gardens in the heartlands. It will be a people’s garden, where spaces will be landscaped and created for families and the community to come together.
The 90-hectare gardens will comprise JLG West, JLG Central and JLG East. JLG West is currently undergoing development, and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. JLG Central and JLG East will be completed from 2020 onwards.
What to look out for in Jurong Lake Gardens West
Ideas and suggestions received from the public engagement exercise in 2012 and 2015 for Jurong Lake Gardens West revolve around the themes of nature, play and the community. The Gardens will be developed sensitively to retain the serenity of the area whilst incorporating spaces for community and recreational needs. Capitalising on its waterfront location, Jurong Lake Gardens West will focus on creating spaces for all to enjoy amid nature, greenery and lakeside views. You can begin to enjoy Jurong Lake Gardens West from 2018, when it is completed.
Key Design Concepts for Jurong Lake Gardens West
1. Bringing People Closer to Nature
A meandering boardwalk will take visitors along the water's edge, providing opportunities to get close to the lake. The boardwalk is connected to the adjacent grassland and wetland trails, leading visitors through a variety of different habitats.
Herons are among the wildlife living in the Jurong Lake area. Platforms will be installed on Heron Island to encourage roosting and nesting, away from human disturbance. Enhancing habitats for wildlife and keeping the tranquility of the area are key considerations in the development of Jurong Lake Gardens West, enabling visitors to enjoy nature and biodiversity.
2. Incorporating Spaces for Play
Nature-Themed Play Area
Children can look forward to a nature-themed play area that will capture their fascination for plants and animals. The play area will comprise varied adventure play experiences for children to mimic the actions of animals – from crawling through a “squirrel’s nest” to gliding through a tree canopy.
Water Play Area
The water play area will be a fun, interactive space for families in the Gardens. A series of interconnected tidal pools will provide various play experiences for children. An F&B outlet will be located next to the water play area, with a panoramic view of Jurong Lake.
3. Creating Community Spaces
The lawns will serve to provide open recreational spaces for park users, as well as to facilitate community events and vibrant programming in the Gardens.
The new entrance pavilion will serve as an arrival point to introduce visitors to the Gardens. The multiple columns of the pavilion are inspired by the hanging aerial roots of the many Ficus trees found within the Gardens.
Community Lifestyle and Water Sports Facility
The new facility will serve as a base for water sports, such as kayaking and dragon boating, in the Jurong Lake area. The facility will also include an F&B outlet. Trees with pink hues will be planted along the water’s edge.