Hopes and Aspirations
What’s New for Toa Payoh, Woodlands and Pasir Ris Towns?
The MyNiceHome team ventures into the heartland to find out residents’ reaction to the announcement that the three towns have been selected as the third batch of towns to be rejuvenated under the Remaking Our Heartland (ROH)* programme. This piece of news was announced by Senior Minister of State for National Development, Lee Yi Shyan, in Parliament recently.
Toa Payoh, the grand dame of HDB towns, is excited about its impending rejuvenation, going by the response of Arifin who lives in Central Horizon. “I am keen on the plans as I live just across the town centre. It’s good that the town park is included, as it’s a very pleasant place to take an evening stroll.”
Others residents, like Wendy, are interested in the development plans beyond the town centre, especially the Caldecott area.
For them and other Toa Payoh residents, the good news is that their Town Centre will sport a fresh new look and the pedestrian mall and public spaces enhanced. Also, the town park will be redeveloped, and improvements made to pedestrian linkages to the town centre. With the new Caldecott MRT station along the new Thomson-East Coast Line, there will be more public housing and parks coming up around the MRT station.
Present: Toa Payoh Town Park and the Town Centre pedestrian mall
Future: A rejuvenation of Toa Payoh Town Centre and Town Park
Dreaming of living in attractive housing set amidst a lush green environment in Woodlands North? This dream is going to be reality! More recreational spaces are in the works for the Woodlands waterfront along the Straits of Johor, with the entire waterfront area to be opened for public enjoyment.
A Woodlands resident for over 30 years, Mr Chai enjoys working out at Woodlands Waterfront, and is glad that the new developments here will bring more people to his favourite exercise spot. Fellow ‘Woodlander’, Feroze, is also looking forward to the plans for the waterfront area to materialise.
Present: Woodlands Waterfront
Future: New Woodlands Waterfront for public enjoyment
The new developments planned for Pasir Ris Town Centre will transform it into a vibrant hub. And with plans to enhance various neighbourhood centres and parks, and introduce more family-oriented recreational activities, there is much for Pasir Ris residents and visitors to look forward to.
Welcoming the ROH news, Pasir Ris resident, Lay Hwa, gave the thumbs up to developing Pasir Ris Park. It is a place she visits often with her family to relax and unwind after work. Others, like Hafiz, can’t wait to see the improved town centre and parks. “There are so many recreational spaces in Pasir Ris that my family and I frequent. With more family-centred facilities in store, I can spend even more time with them outdoors!”
Present: Pasir Ris Town Centre
Future: Pasir Ris Town Centre transformed into a vibrant hub
The plans presented for the three towns are at the preliminary stage, and will be refined and improved with residents and stakeholders giving feedback and input along the way. If you have hopes and aspirations for your towns, just like Arifin, Mr Chai, and Lay Hwa, do come forward with your ideas. After all, the best way to realise a more endearing home and community, is to actively contribute to it.
* The ROH programme was first launched in 2007 by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the National Day Rally. It is an extensive and long-term programme to rejuvenate older towns systematically to meet the changing needs of an ever-evolving community. In the very first batch of towns, Punggol, Yishun and Dawson were chosen, while East Coast, Hougang and Jurong Lake made up the second batch of ROH towns.
By Goh Mei Yi, Samantha Koh, Wilson Loke and Soh Kum Fook
Mar 19, 2015