With a burst of the water guns from Mr Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development, and other dignitaries, the water fountains at Gardens by the Bay’s new Far East Organization Children’s Garden sprung into life.
The new, one-hectare Far East Organization Children’s Garden is open to the public from Tuesday, 21 January 2014 onwards.
Designed for children from one to 12 years old, the Children’s Garden has five play zones catering to different age groups. Highlights of the Children’s Garden include a Water Play area, two treehouses linked by timber suspension bridges and an Adventure Trail filled with play structures such as an arch net tunnel, spider net and slides.
Other amenities at the Far East Organization Children’s Garden include a sheltered amphitheatre, child-friendly toilet-and-shower facilities and an F&B outlet.
Partnership between Gardens by the Bay and Far East Organization
First announced on 5 October 2012, the Children’s Garden was made possible through a $10 million contribution by Far East Organization. Speaking at the official opening, Mrs Dorothy Chan, Executive Director, Far East Organization said, “It is our hope that our children will make the most of the space by interacting with each other, as well as with their family members, in the various sections in the playground.”
Guest-of-Honour, Mr Desmond Lee, himself a parent of two, said, “I am pleased to see the aspiration of the Gardens by the Bay and the Far East Organization come to fruition. Together, they have created a dedicated alcove for a very special group of people – our children, our future.”
Also at the official opening were children from Club Rainbow, Down Syndrome Association Singapore and Muhammadiyah Welfare Home.
The Far East Organization Children’s Garden is located beside the Cloud Forest cooled conservatory at Gardens by the Bay. It operates from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm and is closed for maintenance every Monday (or the next working day if a public holiday falls on the Monday of that week). Admission is free.
Get a full review of Gardens by the Bay’s Far East Organization Children’s Garden here.