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NParks to mark SG50 by beautifying expressways

SINGAPORE'S expressways will be dressed up for SG50 celebrations next year.
The Straits Times - November 10, 2014
By: Aw Cheng Wei
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NParks to mark SG50 by beautifying expressways An artist's impression of the lighting installation that will be set up along a 3.4km stretch of the East Coast Parkway from Changi Airport to mark SG50. A tender is being called for the lights, and they are likely to be installed by next September. -- P

SINGAPORE'S expressways will be dressed up for SG50 celebrations next year.

Roadside greenery along the five major expressways, including the East Coast Parkway and Pan-Island Expressway, will have additional landscaping as part of the National Parks Board's (NParks) plans to celebrate the nation's golden jubilee.

This is being done to make the expressways "even more distinctive and beautiful", said Mr Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development.

He revealed NParks' celebratory plans yesterday at the launch of the new Jurong Spring Nature Way, which spans 5.3km, connecting the Western Catchment Area to the upcoming Jurong Lake Gardens.

As part of the festivities, a 3.4km stretch of road from Changi Airport will also be installed with special lighting among its overlapping canopy of raintrees.

A tender is being called for the new lights, and they are expected to be installed by September next year.

NParks' deputy chief executive, Dr Leong Chee Chiew, said: "Our lush roadside greenery must continue to differentiate us from other cities."

As part of NParks' SG50 celebrations, there will be a series of six free concerts at locations such as Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Botanic Gardens and Admiralty Park.

Over at HortPark, some 50 community groups will create garden showcases at five gardens.

Meanwhile, a photography competition to encourage people to share their favourite photographs of parks and gardens is under way. The closing date for the first of four themes is on Jan 7.

Mr Lee, who is an MP for Jurong GRC, noted that there will be something "different and interesting" for everyone.

Coinciding with SG50 is the 25th anniversary of Singapore's park connectors. To celebrate this, a mass tree planting initiative with some 5,000 trees will be carried out at 50 places.

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