On September 16th, a new 2.2km section of Pasir Panjang Park was unveiled, linking it to Labrador Nature Park and West Coast Park. This extension complements the initial 450m segment that opened in 2021, creating a scenic 17km walking and cycling route from Labrador Nature Park to West Coast Park, through Pasir Panjang Park, all the way to Jurong Lake Gardens and Jurong Central Park.
The National Parks Board (NParks) also announced plans to enhance 13 parks in Singapore’s southern region and connect them through themed trails. These trails will provide greater access to recreational amenities and expand the range of nature-based experiences along the Southern Ridges and West Coast.
Among the 13 parks, NParks aims to develop three into “destination parks” with unique recreational elements. These parks are HortPark, Labrador Nature Park, and West Coast Park. This initiative follows the successful enhancement of three destination parks announced in 2012: Admiralty Park, East Coast Park, and Lakeside Garden at Jurong Lake Gardens.
The 13 parks in the southern region include Alexandra Nature Park, Berlayer Creek Nature Park, Clementi Woods Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park, Labrador Nature Park, Mount Faber Park, Park at Keppel Club, Park at King’s Dock, Pasir Panjang Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, and West Coast Park.
NParks aims to rejuvenate these green spaces, aligning with the ongoing transformation of Singapore’s southern region and complementing the Greater Southern Waterfront and Southern Ridges and Coast Identity Corridor plans by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
National Development Minister Desmond Lee highlighted the role of the community in shaping Pasir Panjang Park’s design. Community input, with around 170 members contributing suggestions, has been incorporated into the park’s design, reflecting its coastal heritage.
NParks will engage the public through sessions to gather views on proposed enhancement works in several parks. Members of the public can participate by expressing interest in the engagement sessions on the official website.
The new section of Pasir Panjang Park also pays homage to its history as a significant port terminal location. The park features three shipping containers repurposed as shelters, donated by PSA Singapore. These shelters showcase maritime artifacts and a heritage exhibit with old photos contributed by the public.