Makeover for Jurong gardens

Makeover for Jurong gardens
Repair long in due
The footpaths at the Chinese Garden are in need of repair. Wood that has rotted or become infested by termites has to be removed.

SINGAPORE - The iconic Chinese and Japanese gardens in Jurong are getting a makeover.

The Jurong Town Corporation (JTC), which manages the gardens, is planning a year-long "redecoration and refurbishment" project, starting from year end.

The statutory board told The Straits Times that the project will include "architectural repairs, electrical and repainting works".

"The gardens would still be open to the public except for those areas that are under repair," said a spokesman.

It declined to say how much the makeover is expected to cost or when the last refurbishment was done, downplaying it as part of the "regular maintenance" of the parks.

But the extensive refurbishment list obtained by The Straits Times tells a different story.

The areas to be repaired include the main entrance plaza, the pavilions, the iconic pagodas, the Stone Boat and footpaths.

The repair works involve removing wood that has rotted or become infested by termites. These also include patching up spalling concrete and cracked walls, replacing broken and loose roof tiles, stopping water leakage, as well as replacing old electrical wiring, timber footpaths or rusted fittings.

A contractor who saw pictures of areas to be repaired said the damage would have developed over several years.

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