Enhancing amenities, connectivity, & more: The transformation of Bukit Merah & 13 southern parks

Image credit: HDB

Singapore is in the midst of a green revolution, and it’s not slowing down. With the recent announcement of a 34.4-kilometre cycling path set to weave through four different neighbourhoods, including Bukit Merah, and the exciting transformations planned for 13 southern parks, the city-state is doubling down on its commitment to enhancing green spaces for residents and nature lovers alike.

Let’s explore the exciting changes that are about to make these areas even more vibrant and inviting.

Artist impression of the upcoming Bukit Merah transformation
Image credit: HDB

The Bukit Merah transformation

Revitalising the heart of Bukit Merah

Bukit Merah, home to nearly 130,500 residents, is poised for an impressive makeover. The Housing and Development Board’s (HDB) Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) program, recently unveiled by Second Minister for National Development Indranee Rajah, promises to redefine the town. 

Here’s what’s in store for the Bukit Merah transformation:

Creating spaces for community

A larger sheltered event space will replace the current stage near the Rubikon building, enhancing the venue for community events. Pedestrian malls at the town centre will receive upgrades, complete with additional seating and new play areas, co-created with residents.

Improving connectivity

New pedestrian and cycling paths, along with sheltered linkways, will enhance travel between Bukit Merah Town Centre and Redhill MRT station. The upcoming Keppel and Cantonment MRT stations, expected by 2026, will strengthen rail network connectivity.

Age-friendly neighbourhoods

With more than one-third of residents aged 60 and above, the renewal plans focus on creating a senior-friendly environment. This includes upgraded common spaces with sheltered walkways, ramps, non-slip flooring, seating areas, and active ageing amenities like therapeutic gardens and fitness facilities.

Greenery and vibrancy

A new pocket park next to the multi-storey carpark at Block 119 Bukit Merah Central will link the town centre to the Rail Corridor, encouraging more foot traffic. Additionally, pedestrian paths along Henderson Road will be enhanced, adding to the area’s vibrancy.

Preserving history

Bukit Merah’s rich history will be integrated into the town through thematic playgrounds, wall murals, and educational boards. The first Build-to-Order (BTO) project at the Greater Southern Waterfront is expected within five years, bringing new amenities and facilities to the area.

Read also: The new BTO classification saga: From basic to boujee!

13 Southern park transformations

Enhancing nature-based recreation

Thirteen parks in the southern region of Singapore are set to undergo enhancements to provide more nature-based recreation opportunities, with themed trails connecting them. 

Three parks, in particular, will receive unique features:

Destination parks

HortPark will become an evolving gardening and lifestyle hub, fostering community gardening and horticulture bonding. Labrador Nature Park may see the restoration of the former gun battery at Berlayer Hill, preserving historical significance. West Coast Park will serve as the western gateway to the Greater Southern Waterfront, catering to nature lovers and fitness enthusiasts.

Map of the 13 southern parks which will be linked via curated trails - 13 southern parksImage credit: NParks

The 13 southern parks

The 13 parks undergoing transformations are:

  1. Alexandra Nature Park
  2. Berlayer Creek Nature Park
  3. Clementi Woods Park
  4. HortPark
  5. Kent Ridge Park
  6. Labrador Nature Park
  7. Mount Faber Park
  8. Park at Keppel Club
  9. Park at King’s Dock
  10. Pasir Panjang Park
  11. New extension of Pasir Panjang Park
  12. Telok Blangah Hill Park
  13. West Coast Park
Artist impression of an upcoming park located within the prospective Keppel residential district - Bukit Merah transformation
Artist impression of the upcoming park located within the prospective Keppel residential district. Image credit: HDB.

What this could mean for you

The transformation of Bukit Merah and the rejuvenation of the 13 southern parks in Singapore are poised to have a profound impact on the local property market. These developments are set to create a perfect storm of factors that could significantly influence demand, property values, and investment in these areas.

One immediate consequence is the expected surge in demand for properties in Bukit Merah and the vicinity of the 13 southern parks. The allure of enhanced green spaces, cycling paths, and improved community amenities is likely to make these areas more appealing to potential buyers. This surge in demand could place upward pressure on property prices, potentially leading to higher property values.

Enhanced quality of life from 13 southern parks
Image credit: NParks

Moreover, the transformation of these regions promises an improved quality of life for residents. The presence of green spaces, pedestrian and cycling paths, and senior-friendly amenities not only makes these neighbourhoods more attractive but also offers a better living experience. This improved quality of life could further attract potential buyers and contribute to the overall desirability of the area.

Additionally, the rejuvenation efforts are expected to draw increased investment into these regions. New businesses, residential developments, and commercial properties are likely to emerge, leading to economic growth and further enhancing the appeal of these areas to potential buyers.

Artisan impression of Alexandra Hill Park
Image credit: HDB

Furthermore, the family-friendliness of these areas, with the addition of parks and recreational amenities, could drive up demand for family-oriented housing options, such as condominiums with playgrounds and swimming pools.

Lastly, the upcoming launch BTO project at the Greater Southern Waterfront within the next five years will introduce more potential buyers and residents to the area, further shaping the property market dynamics in Bukit Merah and its surroundings.

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Wrapping up

In conclusion, as Singapore’s green revolution gains momentum, Bukit Merah and the 13 southern parks stand at the forefront of transformation. These initiatives promise not only a greener, more sustainable environment but also enhanced connectivity, community vibrancy, and historical preservation.

For those considering properties in these areas, expect a seamless blend of urban living and natural beauty. The future is undeniably bright for Bukit Merah and the southern parks, offering a unique and promising lifestyle for residents. In essence, these revitalisation efforts are shaping vibrant, eco-conscious communities that bridge the gap between past and future.

So, whether you’re an environmentally conscious homebuyer or an astute investor, Bukit Merah and the rejuvenated southern parks offer a compelling opportunity. Your journey towards a greener, more vibrant urban life begins here!

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