East Coast Park has always been the number 1 place to go to for a run or a relaxing weekend hangout with family and friends. But in a few years’ time, the park may lose its title as Singaporeans’ favourite park to the new Jurong Lake Gardens.

Set to fully complete in 2020, Jurong Lake Gardens is envisioned to be Singapore’s first 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 heartlands

The Jurong Lake Gardens, about the size of 144 football fields, will comprise three parts: Jurong Lake Gardens West, Central and East. The west side is currently Jurong Lake Park, while the central area will consist of the Chinese and Japanese Gardens. The east side will house the new Science Centre.

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The park intends to integrate with the whole of Jurong Lake District, incorporating ideas for green roofs and landscape terraces. The development of Jurong Lake Gardens will also complement Jurong Gateway, the commercial hub of the Jurong Lake District. It will serve as a green space for the business community to network and as a test-bed for green products.

Bringing people close to nature

Jurong Lake Gardens West will be developed to retain the tranquillity of the area, and enable visitors to enjoy nature, greenery and lakeside views.

Artist's Impression | NParks
Visitors can stroll along a boardwalk that brings them close to nature and observe birds feeding at the water’s edge. | Artist’s Impression: NParks

“There was a very a strong preference to retain the natural ambience and what NParks is going to do is to have a lot more nature compared to what we already have today,” said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam. “(There will be) a lot more trees, a lot more water coming into the land.”

In fact, National Parks Board (NParks) had received many suggestions to plant flowering trees in Jurong Lake Gardens. These trees usually flower in February, March, August and September. One such flower is the Pink Mempat, a tropical variant of the cherry blossom.

Pink Mempat | Photo credits: gov.sg
Pink Mempat | Photo credits: gov.sg

Incorporating Spaces For Play

Artist’s Impression: NParks

While families can look forward to more water play areas, there will also be lawns to cater for community and recreational activities. Water sports lovers can also expect new community lifestyle and water sports facility.

“Common suggestions included preserving the tranquility of the area, retaining existing nature and biodiversity hotspots, provision of ample basic amenities, accessibility for elderly and the handicapped, affordable food and beverage options, and careful traffic planning to mitigate potential road congestion.”

Join The Performance Series Race #2 @ Jurong Lake

Don’t miss the last race happening at Jurong Lake prior to closing for renovation, no other than The Performance Series Race 2 @ Jurong Lake (26 June 2016). The race has 10km, 5km and 2.5km categories. While we are also excited for the Jurong Lake District’s makeover, this will be a memorable run at Jurong Lake before its new appearance is unveiled. Be part of The Performance Race Series. #TranscendYourself and run at some of Singapore’s most iconic landscapes!


The Performance Series (TPS) – Singapore, is a series of five races that brings runners through unique iconic landscapes of Singapore. The venues have been chosen so to comprise of oasis/island, lake, heartland, reservoir and farm settings.
Through the series, individuals, families and communities will have an opportunity to advance, excel and experience the joy of living better through running. With this series we aim to create a national movement for running and healthy lifestyle. Will you be part of it?
TPS consists of 2.5km, 5km and 10km races, as well as a stairs race.