Eco-friendly park opens in Tampines

SINGAPORE -  Tampines Eco Green opened to the public today, drawing over 700 students and residents in the east.

The soft opening, which was organised by the National Parks Board (NParks) in celebration of the International Year of Forests and Eart Day, featured interactive activities such as guided walks and hedge-building.

The launch was attended by advisors to Tampines Grassroots Organisations Mr Mah Bow Tan, Mr Masagos Sulkifli, Ms Irene Ng, Mr Ong Kian Min, Mr Sin Boon Ann and special guests Mr Steve Tan and Mr Heng Swee Keat.

The eco-friendly design of the park incorporated recycled materials and environmentally-friendly products in its development. Tampines Eco Green is also the first public park in Singapore to have an eco-toilet which breaks down human waste using bacteria and wood shavings and converts it into compost. This conserves water, converts waste to fertilisers, and is also cheaper to build.

The park is also home to a rich variety of birds, insects and animals. 70 species of birds, 12 species of butterflies and 13 species of dragonflies have been recorded at the park.

The new park also complements the two existing ones in the vicinity. Said Mr Kong Yit San, an Assistant CEO from NParks, "Tampines Eco Green provides a tranquil sanctuary for nature recreation and education, Sun Plaza Park offers amenities for community activities, and Tampines Bike Park provides an adventurous cycling trail.

"There is something for everyone."

Tampines Eco Green is located in Tampines North, and is bounded by major roads such as Tampines Expressway, Tampines Avenue 12 and Sungei Tampines canal.