Out and About
Sprucing Up the Heartlands
Residents of Pasir Ris, Woodlands, and Toa Payoh gave feedback on what they would like to see in their towns under HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme to rejuvenate the older towns. Feedback from some 400 residents and community stakeholders were taken for this batch of upgrading.
Being a Pasir Ris resident myself, I was curious about the views other residents had and so, I spoke with some of them to find out what they think about the upgrading possibilities ahead.
Pasir Ris – the last vestige of civilisation for most full-time NS men – will get a new
mixed-use development integrating a new bus interchange and the Pasir Ris MRT station. The town’s parks and green spaces will also get a makeover and more facilities.
Artist impression of the new Pasir Ris Town Centre
Ong Hwee Soon, a Pasir Ris resident for more than 25 years, says he hopes Pasir Ris Park will be included under the programme: “There have not been many changes to Pasir Ris Park over the years, so an upgrade to that area is much welcomed for residents like
me 🙂 ”
Woodlands residents can look forward to a revitalised Woodlands Waterfront, as well as a new town plaza. The enhanced plaza – situated at the heart of the town – will be a space for large-scale community activities.
An artist impression of the revitalised Woodlands Waterfront
Tan Koon Tiang, a resident of Woodlands for 22 years, says that people who live near the park will “definitely benefit” from the makeover to the waterfront. “The upgrade should liven up the park a little, and make it a good spot for gatherings with friends and communal activities.”
Toa Payoh Central’s pedestrian mall will undergo an upgrade, which will include more sheltered walkways and rest areas. The town will also get more walking and cycling pathways, as well as refreshed landscaping and greenery.
High shelter at the upgraded Toa Payoh pedestrian mall
Eric Loh, a Toa Payoh resident of more than 30 years, says he is looking forward to the improved cycling network. “It will be useful for both young and old, and adds some vibrancy to the town.”
From their sharing, it seems clear that they are united in their wish to have more greenery, communal spaces and greater connectivity, like cycling paths, and improvements to their beloved town parks.
More details on the plans for these 3 towns can be found here.
By Bertrand Teo
April 28, 2016
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