New 4.8-hectare Bukit Gombak Park to open by end-2019

Toh Ting Wei Straits Times 11 Sep 18;

SINGAPORE - Residents in Bukit Gombak can look forward to a new park in the area by end-2019, in addition to the other existing parks in the area.

Construction of the 4.8ha Bukit Gombak Park, which is almost the size of seven football fields, is expected to start by the end of 2018 and will be completed by the end of 2019.

It will be located on an empty field along Bukit Batok West Avenue 5, opposite Bukit Batok Driving Centre.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, South West District Mayor Low Yen Ling said that the new park will enlarge the green recreational space in Gombak.

The plot of land is about 1.6km away from the picturesque Little Guilin in Bukit Batok Town Park, and about 3.1km away from Bukit Batok Nature Park. All three parks will be linked by the Choa Chu Kang Park Connector.

"We are fortunate to have the beauty of Little Guilin anchoring this area's verdant attractions. This expanded recreational space close to nature will enhance our iconic status as a lush and green oasis, and nature lovers' spot," said Ms Low.

"Many of our residents here are drawn to Bukit Gombak by the distinct benefit of being able to live close to nature, especially in a built-up urban city like Singapore."

In the light of Singapore's ageing population, the park will be designed for inter-generational activities to encourage young and old to bond, and for older Singaporeans to keep active with family and friends.

The facilities include a cafe, outdoor fitness areas, a dog run and a hill trek through a nature zone.

Ms Kartini Omar, group director of parks development at National Parks Board (NParks), told ST in a statement that the new park will complement Little Guilin and Bukit Batok Nature Park, and bring the community closer to nature. NParks is working with Ms Low and grassroots leaders to gather feedback from residents on the park's design.

Residents said the park will be a welcome addition to the area.

Student Mikhail Razip, 18, said he hopes the new park will have more accessible areas, compared with Little Guilin, which has some parts blocked off by dense vegetation.

Housewife Amy Cheung, 45, who lives next to the proposed site of the new park, said she is looking forward to having more space for the community to enjoy gardening.

The Bukit Gombak Park will have a community garden and a seedling garden.

Said Ms Cheung: "The last time we held a ballot for the gardening plots in our estate, there were almost 300 residents balloting for over 30 plots. So, of course, it is good that more residents get an opportunity to try gardening."