nParks celebrate 50 years of Gardening

Wow 50 Years of greening ! That would be 1963 when our then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew planted a Mempat tree at Farrer Circus.

We have come a long way since then. Trees line East Coast Park from Changi Airport to the city, Park connectors offer endless explorations, canopies of greens dot our concrete high rise structures, and the jewel at Gardens by the Bay.

When we are approaching Singapore on a plane, it is not hard to spot “green pockets” everywhere. We can reach a park, garden, or nature reserve within minutes. In fact, “Garden City” tagline has been transformed into “City in a Garden”.

Video : City in a Garden

As part of the celebration, there are a series of activities throughout 2013. Click here for the details. Did you spot the old swings and merry-go-round at Raffles Place, they were immensely popular with those working in the CBD area !

Last week, Daddy brought Boon Wee and Boon Yee to Botanic Gardens to commemorate 50th Greening anniversary. We were brought back to the 80’s F&B and games 🙂

We played with gor-li (marbles),

..and drank bandung (milk with rose syrup).

These school girls and the teh tarik folks (first photo) are real nParks staffs !

Tikam tikam anyone?

We got an autograph from the pretty Lorraine Tan (she sang Shine Singapore). For those interested, you can buy her CD and contribute to Straits Times’ School Pocket Money fund.

We do not have the time to cover every parks and gardens yet, but for those adventurers out there, you can try nPark’s nature trails out there. We recommend Southern Ridges and Tree Top walk for families.

Over the weekend, bring your family our for some fresh air, enjoy the greenery. Be it walking, jogging, cycling or blading, enjoy a family moment 🙂

Video : Dr Jia Jia is a Green advocate too 🙂

Do pop by nPark’s fanpage for more event updates.
Or you can browse our Garden escapades on our blog, just click on image below.

Video : Oh, the Teh Tarik is good too !

Author: SengkangBabies

I am a Blogging Daddy of four. Our kids are roaming Singapore to bring you FUN, This blog is use to capture our kids' growing up phases, and we want you to leave our blog with a smile :)

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