Admiralty Park to get new play areas by end-2016

SINGAPORE - Visitors to Admiralty Park will get to enjoy new play areas and improved amenities by the end of next year.

The National Parks Board (NParks) said in a statement that the developments to the 27-ha park are based on public feedback gathered in 2012.

One of the features is a slide-themed play areas that for park users of all ages.

"With three slide-themed play areas catering to different age groups, families will be able to bond over play as they go on the slides together," NParks said. Members of the public said in the engagement exercise that they appreciated Admiralty Park for its tranquillity and greenery. The suggestions given include allowing for families to get closer to nature, and to have more recreational spaces in the park.

As a result, the preliminary concept for Admiralty Park revolves around themes of play and nature, NParks said. Slides were chosen as the key feature of the park because of the undulating terrain there.

Amenities such as shelters, toilets and exercise areas will also be improved. A viewing platform will also be built to allow visitors to get closer to and appreciate nature.

NParks assistant chief executive officer of park management and lifestyle, Mr Kong Yit San, said the board is mindful of the need to ensure the nature area remains largely undisturbed during the upgrading.

Assistant CEO of Park Management and Lifestyle at NParks Mr Kong Yit San said: "This project is part of NParks' efforts to enhance our City in a Garden by rejuvenating and injecting greater vibrancy to our parks".

"The park will be developed sensitively to retain the tranquillity of the area, while incorporating park spaces for community and recreational needs", he said.

NParks has called a tender for the construction of the new Admiralty Park. Works are expected to begin in phases, starting from the third quarter of this year. Only affected areas will be closed during upgrading, so visitors can continue to visit the park.