See how Singapore created a 153-acre naturalised park between the housing estates of Bishan and Ang Mo Kio.
Blog visitor Don Anamalai, says:
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is located between the heartland estates of Bishan and Ang Mo Kio in Singapore. Comprising 62 hectures in total, it provides recreational facilities to the residents with fitness corners, running and cycling tracks, playgrounds and even a dog run area for pooches.
One of the most scenic aspects of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is the naturalised meandering river that runs through the park, giving rise to a rich diversity of tropical flora and fauna. It is a beautiful place to do sports, have a gathering or a relaxing stroll to enjoy nature.
The park was set up in 1989, but the introduction of a naturalised river over the last few years has resulted in a 30 per cent increase in biodiversity.
See how it was done:
The Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme was launched in 2006 to transform the country’s water bodies beyond their functions of drainage and water supply into beautiful and clean rivers and lakes with new spaces for community bonding and recreation. At the same time, it promotes the application of a new, water-sensitive urban design approach (also known as ABC Waters design features in Singapore) to managing rainwater sustainably. A long-term initiative, over 100 locations have been identified for project implementation in phases by 2030, with 20 projects already completed, bringing people closer to water. ABC Waters @ Kallang River – Bishan Park is one of the flagship projects under this programme.
Why can’t we do something similar over here for the ordinary rakyat instead of building more golf courses for the well-heeled? After all, we have a lot more land than Singapore! Or must it all be sold to developers and business interests for high-end property development?
Blog regular Kevin chips in:
I have been there several times over the past few years. I can tell you that Singaporeans value their green spaces. All parks are maintained by the Parks and Gardens Board which also maintains landscaping throughout public spaces in Singapore. Bishan park was recently upgraded and the river cleaned tremendously. To make it safe at night, lights were installed and alarms were installed at many spots to allow users to alert the authorities. Where parks are concerned, Singapore is probably the leader in the world and Pg should learn from them.
Blog visitor Michael adds:
Well done Singapore. Now, if large Singapore property developing companies backing two-ringgit Malaysian companies stay in Singapore and not exploit the lands of Malaysia, then Malaysians will not need to re-create rural environments out of narrow corridors between massive urban sprawl.
It is economically sustainable and ecologically responsible to plan towns and cities properly using the latest technology before strip clearing what was already there, and then reproducing what already existed but manicured to the nth degree.
Traditionally Malaysians lived in either forested areas, or agricultural areas. I think most people want to retain their natural settings, but appreciate modern services that come with urbanisation. Both are possible with planning. Smaller urban areas with efficient internal public transport can be linked by interurban efficient public transport. Around and within these smaller (10000 -20000 people) urban hubs, which architecturally unique within themselves and take advantage of whatever natural landscape features, are tree-lined narrower streets
Urban areas with low-rise buildings accessible by all income groups (especially if the ever widening gap between them are reduced) will return to the people that sense of belonging, to be valued. Malaysia, if not parceled out to a few elites, has plenty of land for both pleasant urban towns and agricultural and forested areas. There is no excuse for Malaysia to be encumbered by 20-plus storied monoliths; perhaps Singapore does have an excuse.