Gather up, folks! After seven long years of blood, sweat and tears – Lakeside Garden – the first section of Jurong Lake Gardens is finally open.
Though the garden has been opened to the public since 27th April 2019, the hype for it has not died down at all. And we truly can understand why. After all, this is not just any ordinary garden – it’s the third National Garden in Singapore that is packed with all kinds of adventures and spectacular sights – all in one place!
If you have already seen the place, lucky you! If not, let us walk you through the garden’s brilliance.
Nature At Its Best
Here’s a shoutout to all those who are always taking pictures for the Gram! It’s time to make this spot your next Instagrammable shot for your feed.
To the Lone Tree at Seletar Reservoir and Punggol – you have both served the Instagrammers well. Now it’s time for a new photogenic spot to emerge at Lakeside Garden.
And hold up, it’s not like any of those two trees. This Lone Tree is not breathing – literally. It’s a metal sculpture built from recycled iron parts. So, better make some time for your next post!
The entire stretch of 3.5 hectare spans tall grass tufts and little hills – making it a lovely place for aspiring photographers, to-be-wed couples or a photo shoot on the spur of the moment.
A Bridge Between Habitats
Birdwatchers, this one’s for you! Forget about scurrying silently to make yourself unnoticeable from the flock of birds – you don’t have to do it anymore. This somewhat broken dome-shaped structure is perfect for observing birds up close.
Recycling is pretty much Lakeside Garden’s middle name. The Logs Trail is a clump of short and tall wooden stumps from old Senegal Mahoganies and Rain Trees all put together to create an uneven yet aesthetic-looking path.
Making for fantastic photos or a new hangout spot – the Logs Trail is definitely one of the places you should visit.
Strolls With A Scenic View
At Lakeside Garden, it’s all about the breathtaking views. Trust us, once you have taken a stroll – you’ll be surprised to see that you have walked the entire stretch.
Jurong Lake Boardwalk
If you’re heading down via train transport, this boardwalk will probably be the first thing that will catch your eye and bring you to your destination.
It’s a simple path with metal railings, but the perk here is – the possibility of meeting wildlife like otters and hornbills! Better put your luck to action.
This boardwalk is practically screaming the colour red. It may sound abnormal, but when you’re there in person – you’ll see the striking contrast between the path and greenery – which surprisingly complements each other well.
Just walk a little further, and you will soon spot a beach even!
Put On Your Game Face
Kids will love this part of Lakeside Garden. But if you’re a teenager or adult looking to go back to the good-old-days – you’re going to want in on this too.
Combine sand and water, and you have the Clusia Cove – the perfect paradise for kids to get wet and messy – in a good way.
Just make sure you pack all the necessities to get your child all squeaky clean. Don’t worry, there are restrooms with shower facilities nearby to help you with that.
The Forest Ramble will be featuring a total of 13 play zones/stations. In terms of functionality, they may be a little similar to what you’ve seen before – but the intricate details and uniqueness in its design is really the highlight of this attraction.
Unlike other playgrounds, each play zone at the Forest Ramble is named after an animal, like the Frog Play, Crab Play, Ant Play and Squirrel Play. And the design of each station really resembles the animal itself!
But words can only do so much in expressing its appearance, so make your way here to see it for yourself.
Perk: Forest Ramble has taken the initiative to even feature wheel-friendly play structures – inclusive of a merry-go-round and swing.
Work It Out
What’s a park or garden without a fitness corner right? Well, if being fit runs in your blood – then you’ll be pleased to find out that there’s quite a number of sporty activities.
Work out your arms in an entirely different way.
The PAssion WaVe has numerous boating activities, ranging from – pedal boating, dragon boating to kayaking. You could change up your training regime with a new sport over here.
Otherwise, this makes for a perfect outing with your pals, family or partner.
The lakes at the park are definitely not suited for swimming purposes. But the swimming complex at ActiveSG Park? A big yes.
Well, aside from the refreshing and huge lap pool, it also features a mini playground, gym and fitness corner. So, expect yourself to be exercising quite a bit when you’re here.
Perk: At the rooftop, there is a rest area for a little break. If you can’t quite picture it, think of the Southern Ridges.
The beauty of Jurong Lake Gardens doesn’t just stop here. In 2021, you can look forward to the completion of Garden Promenade and the renovated Japanese and Chinese Gardens. What more can we expect?