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Enhancing Lee Kuan Yew’s Garden City vision is the HDB’s new park in Bidadari estate

Another heritage green lung adds to Singapore's garden city status.

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While it may fall short compared to Singapore’s strongman Lee Kuan Yew’s vision of the Botanical Gardens and its central role in the country’s Garden City campaign (1967-) on top of its historic role in the region’s rubber plantation technology (1888-1912), the Housing Development Board’s Bidadari Park can easily become a tourist destination that can also serve as a tranquil rest spot for visitors, offering different views of nature in a rustic setting.

This was announced on Sunday (May 5) by the Housing and Development Board (HDB).

Showcasing a lake, a heritage walk, experiential trails and a play area for children, the 10-hectare Bidadari Park was inspired by the fictional Hundred Acre Wood of the Winnie-the-Pooh children’s book and television series.

“The team behind the planning and design of the park saw the opportunity to retain the wooded, and rustic nature of Bidadari, and to create a unique park experience for visitors,” a HDB spokesperson said.

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Asie from being a haven for over 350 mature trees in the area, the park will now become home to more than 2,000 new trees.

To increase the diversity of habitats and wildlife in the park, wetland and marsh habitats will be incorporated in the site. Residents can explore trails spanning 6km or walk along an 80m-long boardwalk across the marshland.

To remind residents of the history of Bidadari — which was once home to the Alkaff Lake Garden built in 1929 by the Alkaff family, a 700m heritage walk will be introduced in the estate.

The tree-lined heritage walk will cut across the park and link Woodleigh MRT station to a new Memorial Garden, which will recount the history and stories of Bidadari’s past through a series of storyboards, said HDB.

The park will also include a playground called Adventure Playwoods, featuring a 5m-tall treehouse with slides and climbing nets.

Bidadari Park is expected to be completed by 2022. When fully developed, it will have about 10,000 housing units. /TISG

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