Jurong Lake District spruced up with opening of J Link at launch of Clean & Green Singapore @ Yuhua 2014

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Singapore, 23 November 2014 – A new pedestrian mall was officially opened today by Ms Grace Fu, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Advisor for Yuhua Grassroots Organisations at the Clean & Green Singapore @ Yuhua 2014. 

Named J Link, the pedestrian mall is located between JCube shopping mall and the row of shops at Block 135 Jurong Gateway Road. It is an Environmental Improvement Project by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and part of the Housing & Development Board’s (HDB) Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) plans for the Jurong Lake area.

J Link enhances the pedestrian’s experience in Jurong Gateway. Previously, pedestrians had to meander through a narrow and crowded covered walkway to access the surrounding HDB areas, the MRT station and Lakeside. There was also no direct pedestrian path to Jurong Regional Library. With the completion of the 270-metre long J Link, residents, visitors and businesses now enjoy a seamless and more pleasant journey on foot from Jurong East MRT station to Lakeside where the current Science Centre is located.

A unique community space for play, enjoyment and learning

Besides strengthening pedestrian connectivity in Jurong Gateway, J Link is also designed as a distinctive public space where pedestrians and visitors can enjoy many unique features along its route, take part in community activities or simply gather with their families and friends.

A key feature of J Link is the Canopy, a green-roof pavilion that provides a column-free, unobstructed space for events.

The pedestrian mall is also specially designed to incorporate the site’s former undulating terrain into its features. Semicircle and wave-like forms echo throughout the landscape, the children’s playground, benches, shop canopies, and the pavilion. Greenery features prominently with the Canopy’s curved green roof and a tree-lined landscape that provides contiguous greenery throughout J Link.

URA and the National Heritage Board (NHB) have created a heritage corner in J Link, where residents and visitors can learn more about the history of Jurong from the information panels. There is also a strong community element with an art exhibition corner that showcases roving exhibitions of residents’ and local artists’ artworks. See Annex [PDF, 31kb] for more details on J Link.

Mr Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer of the URA, said, “J Link enhances the pedestrian’s experience in Jurong Lake District and is a wonderful addition to the area. We are happy that the local community and stakeholders are involved in the planning and design of J Link to make this a meaningful and relevant public space for the community to enjoy.”

Besides J Link, developments around Jurong Gateway are seamlessly connected to Jurong East MRT station and with one another via a comprehensive network of elevated walkways called J-Walk. This 1.2-km long second storey pedestrian linkway will be extended to link to future developments.

Together with other agencies, URA will continue to enhance green mobility options in Jurong Lake District. There are plans for a new integrated transport hub, improved and new MRT lines, improvements to the park connector and waterway networks at Lakeside, as well as a comprehensive network of cycling paths throughout the district and neighbouring towns.

Clean & Green Singapore @ Yuhua 2014:  “No Cleaners’ Day”

Ms Grace Fu also launched the Clean & Green Singapore @ Yuhua 2014 this morning. The Clean & Green Singapore @ Yuhua 2014 aims to inspire Singaporeans to care for and protect our environment. By working with partners and local stakeholders, the programme hopes to galvanise the community to come together to keep the estate clean by instilling pride for our environment and promoting good social values and behaviours.

 Other than a tree planting event at J Link, Jurong Town Council organised a mass cleaning campaign at Blocks 101 to 116 Jurong East Street 13 this morning. A “No Cleaners’ Day” was implemented to encourage community ownership of public cleanliness, and for the public to better appreciate the efforts of our cleaners. It hopes to draw awareness on the extent of littering and instil a sense of responsibility among residents.

In recognition of the contributions of our cleaners towards the public cleanliness in Yuhua, Jurong Town Council gave out the Best Cleaners Award to 16 deserving cleaners. The annual award commends the cleaners for their good work and shows appreciation to their efforts in keeping the estate clean.

- Issued by People's Association, Urban Redevelopment Authority