URA unveils new island-wide leisure plan

URA unveils new island-wide leisure plan 

 

A NEW island-wide leisure plan that showcases a diverse range of leisure opportunities for all to enjoy, from vibrant and exciting activities to the quiet retreats, was unveiled by National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan on Wednesday night.

Besides new green spaces, the Leisure Plan presents a whole host of other recreational options, from more upcoming water activities in selected rivers and reservoirs across the island, new sporting facilities close to homes, to lifestyle hotspots and many things to do in the city.

 

Mr Mah highlighted details of the plans in his keynote address to the Singapore Institute of Architects 47th annual dinner at the Suntec Convention Centre Ballroom before an audience of 1,000 architects and industry players.

 

The Leisure Plan is part of the draft masterplan 2008 to sustain economic growth and enhance the quality of living environment for Singapore.

 

The ideas and opportunities in the new plan show how Singapore can further enhance its living environment by making the most of its assets, capitalising on its unique identity and heightening the sense of greenery, said a statement from the Urban Redevelopment Authority on Friday.

 

The Leisure Plan builds on the previous Parks and Waterbodies and Identity Plans developed by URA in 2003.

 

Since then, many of the proposals in these plans have been implemented.

 

‘This is the first time that an island-wide plan has been drawn up to showcase greater variety and quality of recreational choices round-the-clock, island-wide, for people of all ages,’ said the URA.

 

‘Besides new green spaces, the Leisure Plan presents a whole host of other recreational options, from more upcoming water activities in selected rivers and reservoirs across the island, new sporting facilities close to homes, to lifestyle hotspots and many things to do in the city.’

 

Key highlights of the Leisure Plan:

 

The existing park connector network will be tripled from 100 km today to 360 km.

 

A first-ever 150-km round-island route for people to stroll, jog or cycle around the entire country. Park connector network will be expanded with seven loops and five links. More park spaces will be added – from about 3,300 hectares today to 4,200 hectares, offering a greater variety of experiences for all.

 

The plan will also create more leisure destinations with unique offerings for Singaporeans and tourists.

 

For example, the Kranji and Lim Chu Kang area will become a unique countryside destination close to nature. There will be new park lands and agritainment attractions, enhancements to existing attractions, such as the Sungei Buloh and Kranji Reservoir, and greater access to the nature areas, the waterfront and the farms.

 

To add greater buzz and nightlife in the city, more programmes will be developed especially in Orchard Road, Singapore River, Bras Basah. Bugis and Marina Bay.

 

There will be night festivals coming up like the Singapore River Festival organised by the Singapore Tourism Board, starting in September this year. The National Heritage Board is also developing a Night Festival in the Bras Basah and Stamford Road area over two weekends in July.

 

There will be a weekend street theatre, live music, dance performances and interactive programmes. This will position the precinct as a venue for large-scale night events and create synergy between existing developments such as the Stamford Green, National Museum and SMU.

 

‘The Plan will provide for both active and passive recreation. We have also come up with new ideas on how to create a 24/7 city,’ said Mrs Cheong Koon Hean, URA’s Chief Executive Officer.

 

‘It is not just about providing space and facilities to play, it is also enhancing the variety and quality of leisure options we have round-the-clock, where there is something for everyone.’

 

Source: Straits Times

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