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Why Escape from the City When the City is a Garden?

In April this year, I learned about my country’s plan to enhance our cityscape. We have always been known as a Garden City, but now we are aiming to become a City in a Garden. Read on to find out why.

A roadshow by Singapore’s National Parks (NParks) held at Toa Payoh’s Mall early this year caught my attention and piqued my curiosity. This was not just because it was a photo opportunity, but rather, it updated me about the plans NParks have moving forward.

This particular roadshow was interesting to me because I do enjoy escaping to a quiet spot from Singapore’s urban jungle without leaving the country.

With over 300 public parks spread out across the tiny island of Singapore, you can be assured of finding a quick escape from the urban jungle. Thanks to the efforts of NParks, this tiny island in the sun is also known as a ‘Garden City’, which provides relief to people who want a breath of fresh air without leaving the city.

However, as Singapore becomes “more built-up, the continued planning for lush, landscaped spaces become all the more important as a relief from high-density, urban living” explains a Ministry of National Development brochure. So the local government has tasked NParks “to develop and enhance Singapore’s greenery and create a city that is nestled in an environment of trees, flowers, parks. and rich bio-diversity”.

Part of NParks’ plan to garner community acceptance of this masterplan is to get the local citizens involved. One such outreach is via roadshows and public exhibitions.

According to NParks’ City in a Garden “website”:http://www.nparks.gov.sg/ciag/, they have received thousands of suggestions since the roadshows started in August 2011. And one of the suggestions that was implemented is the Round Island Route, which could span about 150km and benefit more than 3.7 million Singapore residents.

As a citizen, I am keen to see how this will turn out. One of the reasons is because I see lots of photo opportunities.

written by uncle_jay

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