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A park for the young and old to come together

Construction of 4.8ha park expected to start by end of this year

Residents in Bukit Gombak can look forward to a new park by the end of 2019.

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

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

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

The plot of land is about 1.6km from the picturesque Little Guilin in Bukit Batok Town Park, and about 3.1km 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.

GRANITE FORMATION

Little Guilin features a towering granite formation looming dramatically over a lake, and is named after similar rock formations in Guilin, in southern China's Guangxi region.

NParks is working with Ms Low and grassroots leaders to gather feedback from residents on the park's design.

Residents from the Gombak area said the park will be a welcome addition. 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 in a Housing Board block next to the site of the proposed park, said she is looking forward to having more space for community gardening.

The Bukit Gombak Park will have a community garden and a seedling garden. Ms Cheung said: "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."

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