Jurong Bird Park site to be returned to JTC in 2025, public to be consulted on site’s use

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Jurong Bird Park site to be returned to JTC in 2025, public to be consulted on site’s use

Jurong Bird Park site to be returned to JTC in 2025, public to be consulted on site’s use. After the bird park relocates to Mandai in 2023, the Jurong Bird Park land will be returned to JTC Corporation in 2025. JTC will cooperate with Mandai Wildlife Group and other relevant agencies “on the reinstatement of the site” prior to the site’s return, said Minister of State for Trade and Industry Alvin Tan in Parliament on Wednesday. According to Mr Tan, JTC and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) were considering long-term land use plans for the property alongside other authorities such as the National Parks Board. “We will examine existing features such as the (bird park’s) waterfall as well as the neighboring Jurong Hill tower,” he added.

“We recognize that, given the memories and history associated with Jurong Bird Park, we would seek public opinion in due time to build future Jurong Hill plans jointly.” Mr Tan was responding to a question from Mr Shawn Huang (Jurong GRC) regarding what will happen to the park’s animals and plants after it closes on January 3, 2023. Mandai Wildlife Group announced in October that a large “migration” of over 3,500 birds will take place between the closure of Jurong Bird Park and the launch of Mandai’s new bird park, Bird Paradise, in the second quarter of 2023. Mr Tan also stated that approximately 50 plant species will be relocated to the new park.

Following the announcement of the park’s closure date, The Straits Times noted that heritage advocates want the park, as well as the adjacent Jurong Hill, to be preserved as recreational green areas. Those who spoke with ST remarked that, aside from the memories linked with the bird park, the Jurong Hill area bears national significance due to its role in Singapore’s early industrialisation drive, and that iconic built structures in the area should be preserved. Jurong Bird Park and Jurong Hill Park encompass a combined area of approximately 35ha – the size of approximately 50 football fields – that is zoned for park usage and managed by JTC.

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Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/jurong-bird-park-site-to-be-returned-to-jtc-in-2025-public-to-be-consulted-on-site-s-use

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