Residents at Taman Jurong, one of Singapore’s oldest neighbourhoods, have reasons to cheer as they marked the completion of the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP) at Blocks 151 to 163, 155A and 163A Yung Ho Road, Yung Loh Road and Yung Ping Road respectively with a ceremony on 28 December 2019. The NRP is the first of its kind in Taman Jurong, where most units have an age span of between 25 and 30 years.
Undertaken by Jurong-Clementi Town Council, the NRP gave residents access to new covered linkways, four new drop-off points, a communal hall, new shelter over a ramp, and a toilet at Block 156 for park users. Upgrading works for existing facilities, including five covered linkways, a communal hall and two residents’ corners, were also completed. The town council also took the opportunity to do lift replacement works, repairs and repainting, rooftop water pipe replacement, booster pumps replacement, and electrical loading upgrading for the older blocks at Blocks 151 to 154 Yung Ho Road.
To get residents to embrace an active lifestyle closer to home, new sports facilities for all ages were also built at Taman Jurong Park under the Sports in Precinct (SIP) programme funded by Sport Singapore. Come this weekend, you can gather friends and check out new facilities such as the sheltered games court with retractable basketball hoops, or run at the 100-metre sprinting tracks. Families with young children can also take their little ones to have a dose of fun at the new children playground or explore the iconic treehouse.
Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, and Adviser to Jurong Grassroots Organisations, launched the completion of the two programmes with an iBall and planted a “Tabebuia rosea” or sakura tree at the community garden to commemorate the occasion.
“The improved facilities under the NRP will allow residents to have a quality living environment, while the SIP aims to provide the community with greater access to a wider range of sports facilities and better living through sport. There are also Active Health totems in the park to promote a healthy lifestyle and create awareness on physical activity, nutrition, sleep and screen time management,” he said.