3 historical gardens at Fort Canning Park to be restored

3 historical gardens at Fort Canning Park to be restored

Named the Royal Garden, the First Botanic Garden and Jubilee Park, the gardens will retrace the 14th, 19th and 20th centuries’ history of Singapore. 

SINGAPORE: Three historical gardens will be recreated within and around Fort Canning Park as part of efforts by the National Parks Board (NParks) to restore the heritage of the area.

Named the Royal Garden, the First Botanic Garden and Jubilee Park, the gardens will retrace the 14th, 19th and 20th centuries’ history of Singapore, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Saturday (Feb 3).

Two heritage trails will also be recurated as part of enhancement efforts, said Mr Wong, speaking at the launch of Festival at the Fort, an event celebrating the history of Fort Canning Hill and its surroundings.

"Fort Canning Park is an integral part of our history," he said. "We want to ensure that its stories continue to be remembered. This is why we are enhancing Fort Canning."

For instance, the First Botanic Garden will be landscaped with plants introduced to Singapore in the early 19th century that were integral to the Spice Trade. Certain parts of Armenian Street will also be pedestrianised and turned into a park as part of the Garden's recreation.

Accessibility to Fort Canning Park will also be improved, Mr Wong said.

"We are building connections to link the park to nearby landmarks. Covered escalators will bring visitors from Fort Canning MRT station to the hilltop, and from Stamford Green to Fort Canning Park."

Escalators
Artist's impression of escalators at Fort Canning Park. (Image: NParks)

The Fort Canning Centre will also be repurposed, NParks said. The centre will be a space for new activities, and it will host the main exhibition of the Singapore Bicentennial next year. 

Mr Wong said NParks will take into consideration the history of the park and its natural landscape. 

"We want to minimise any impact to the environment in the process of these enhancement works," he said. 

Members of the public are invited to give their suggestions on the plans between Feb 3 and 11 via the NParks website or at a public exhibition at the Fort Canning Centre.

Enhancement works will begin in March and will be progressively completed from June 2019.

Source: CNA/cy

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