Jurong Lake rejuvenation complete after 9 years

The Jurong Lake area underwent a 9-year rejuvenation and its makeover is finally complete, as announced by the Housing Board (HDB) early this week.

Jurong Lake’s rejuvenation process started in 2011

The Jurong Lake District has been in the making since 2011 and its 9-year rejuvenation process has now come to fruition with the result including interconnected gardens, commercial spaces, a new pedestrian mall, a children’s playground, and even a green roof pavilion. The district is also earmarked as going car-lite and aims to become the “Orchard road of the west”.

Jurong Lake District. Photo: URA

Jurong Lake District. Photo: URA

As one of the major districts in the west, the area around the Jurong East MRT station is now an integrated healthcare hub that consists of Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and the Jurong Community Hospital, amongst other mixed-use entities such as Jem and Westgate. The renewal of the Jurong Lake District was planned under the Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) program and the upgrading of the district has no doubt benefited residents not only in Jurong East but also in the neighboring townships such as Bukit Batok.

Integrated healthcare hub, pedestrian linkway, and 15km cycling network

J Connect image by HDB

J Connect. Picture: HDB

Part of the renewal process also included the rejuvenation of the Jurong East Town Centre which has since been renamed J Connect. The Bukit Batok West Shopping Centre has also undergone a renewal and the new space now consists of a community pavilion with a rooftop garden and landscaping.

This year, residents can also look forward to a cycling network stretching 15 kilometers across the Taman Jurong estate. Come 2021, the Jurong Lake Gardens which now encompasses both the Chinese and Japanese gardens will be completed.

In 5 to 6 more years’ time, the Jurong Lake area aims to become the new tourism spot, with a new 7-hectare integrated tourism area which will include the Science center. The entire Jurong Lake district will then span 360 hectares. The district will also include new MRT stations along the future Jurong Region Line come 2027 and Cross Island Line in the 2030s.

Source: Jurong Lake area’s 9-year makeover complete by Michelle Ng (Straits Times)