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28 Nov 2019
National Parks Board
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Plucking, picking up fruit in parks, nature reserves: Permission denied

Permission from the National Parks Board (NParks) is needed before members of the public can pluck or pick up dropped fruit from trees in parks, according to a news report last month. Those caught taking fruit from a public park without permission face a fine of up to $5,000, and up to $50,000 and/or a jail term of six months for a similar act in a nature reserve or park. As someone who frequents the nature reserves and occasionally finds and picks up dropped durian......



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19 Nov 2019
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Stray dogs at Pasir Ris Park a worry

My wife and I were at Pasir Ris Park one evening for our regular jog. As the school holidays had begun, there were more than the usual number of people there, including families with children, as well as people walking their pet dogs. As we ran across the bridge leading from Area 2 to Area 1, a pack of six dogs emerged from the bushes and ran along the grassland fronting the beach. Their sudden appearance startled people, who took care to keep their distance from th......



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11 Nov 2019
National Parks Board
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Go beyond just planting trees on Jurong Island

I am heartened by the greening initiative to plant 30,000 trees on Jurong Island over the next three years funded by businesses in the industrial estate (30,000 trees to help beat the heat on Jurong Island, Nov 3). The trees are expected to cool temperatures and benefit the ecosystem. Moreover, the diverse range of tree species chosen to be planted can enhance local biodiversity. Taking into account that Singapore ranks 27th out of 142 countries in terms of emission......



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05 Nov 2019
National Parks Board
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Park connectors: Mark cycling paths clearly

I read with concern about the increase in accidents and deaths related to the use of personal mobility devices (TTSH sees spike in PMD injuries in 2 years, Oct 22). Dr Teo Li Tserng, director of Trauma Services at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, told The Straits Times that many of the injured riders said they were avoiding pedestrians when they skidded. Singapore is moving towards being a car-lite society by encouraging more people to walk, cycle or ride. Our......



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29 Aug 2019
National Parks Board
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Improvements to The Animal Lodge are ongoing

We thank Mr Ron Ho for his Forum letter and also for his concern (The Animal Lodge not suitable for breeding, lodging pets, Aug 20). The Animal Lodge was built by the now defunct Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) as an option for pet businesses and animal shelters affected by the expiry of their leases at Loyang, Seletar and Lim Chu Kang. Throughout the design and construction of the facility, AVA engaged the tenants and where possible, took in t......



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25 Jun 2019
National Parks Board
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Move captured crocodile to River Safari

From a natural history perspective, I was heartened to read of an estuarine crocodile measuring 3.4m long being found in a drain in Sungei Kadut Drive (Croc spotted in drain captured, June 22). Not only is this crocodile species endangered in Singapore, I believe this is also one of the largest crocodiles to be found in the wild here. Thus, I am concerned to learn that the National Parks Board (NParks) has transferred the reptile to a c......



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16 May 2019
National Parks Board
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Milk potential of Jurong Lake Gardens

I recently visited Jurong Lake Gardens in Yuan Ching Road and realised that some parts could be improved to make the garden more conducive to residents, locals and tourists. The boardwalks and the cement paths are well laid-out and, in the evening, the garden is an ideal place for a slow walk. However, there is only one cafe and toilet near the entrance. There should be more food and beverage (F&B) kiosks and toilets in this sprawling garden.br /......



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16 Apr 2019
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More issues to resolve in Ubin

The National Parks Board (NParks) and Friends of Ubin Network (FUN) should be thanked for protecting Pulau Ubin's heritage (NParks working to preserve Ubin's rusticity, by National Parks Board and Friends of Ubin Network, March 18). My friends who are residents at Ubin appreciate it. NParks, FUN and their contractors have addressed several infrastructural needs and environmental issues in Pulau Ubin. However, their letter doesn't take s......



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11 Apr 2019
National Parks Board
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Build park around Jurong Falls

When the Jurong Bird Park, which was opened by the late Dr Goh Keng Swee in 1971, moves to its new home in Mandai next year as scheduled, the original site's waterfall will be in its 49th, but hopefully, not its last year. Though man-made, the Jurong Falls - in a country with few natural scenic spots - has been a source of pride and joy to many Singaporeans. At 30m, it was at one time the world's tallest man-made waterfall, and provided......



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22 Mar 2019
National Parks Board
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Keep hiking trails open after working hours

Given that the Government has urged Singaporeans to get out and keep fit, it seems counter-productive for the National Parks Board (NParks) to have closed hiking and biking trails in our nature parks such as the Butterfly Trail and Woodcutter's Trail. The lack of trails can make it difficult for hikers who want to be close to nature. Worse still, many of us choose to hik......



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04 Mar 2019
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Myriad rules killing feel of kampung life

It is disappointing to learn about the many rules enforced by the National Parks Board in Pulau Ubin (Trouble in paradise, Feb 24). I spent the larger part of my childhood in a kampung during the 1960s. The most memorable part of living in a kampung was its carefree life and living in close proximity to nature. Part of the excitement was in the adventurous, no-holds-barred roaming around in the bushes, catching spiders an......



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01 Mar 2019
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Cenotaph needs sprucing up

The comment by civil servant Jane Tan on the four young men who were posing on top of The Cenotaph in Esplanade Park did not surprise me. She had said the men "probably saw the monument as just another part of their surroundings, and not really something significant" (Four youths slammed for posing on top of war memorial in photo, Feb 26). Indeed, the Cenotaph looks somewhat nondescript and even shabby with its old, grey stones marked w......



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25 Dec 2018
National Parks Board
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Falling tree incidents can be expected in garden city

I disagree with Mr Colin Ong Tau Shien that the National Parks Board (NParks) should be more proactive in preventing tree-falling incidents (Step up checks and monitoring of tree health; Dec 22). As a layman, I think NParks has already done all that is humanly possible to check on the health of the approximately two million trees in our nation. More checks w......



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22 Dec 2018
National Parks Board
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Step up checks and monitoring of tree health

I am very relieved there were no fatalities in this particular episode (14 people taken to hospital after tree falls in Sembawang Park; Dec 21). It was a miracle that more were not injured, as there could have been children running around in the area, it being the school holidays. National Parks Board, however, has to be more proactive and think of ways to prevent this from happening again as lives are at stake and property could be damaged. Perhaps NParks could lis......



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15 Nov 2018
National Parks Board
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MacRitchie Reservoir needs urgent fix

I visited MacRitchie Reservoir recently and was terribly disappointed to see the state it was in. Some areas clearly need urgent fixing. First, the green coating road surface of the upper storey public car-park has peeled-off and driving in wet weather can be hazardous. Second, the canteen food offering is limited and perhaps the authorities should put out a tender for a 24-hour convenience stall or more food-vending machines. Third, th......



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09 Nov 2018
National Parks Board
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Count nylon strings that grass cutters get and use

I share the view of telecommunications consultant Bill Bremner that our green spaces have been marred by litter from grass cutting (Green spaces marred by litter left from grass cutting; Nov 7). Four years ago, I noticed this problem at Bedok Reservoir Park and it appears to have improved since it was reported to NParks. This problem can be easily solved if all parties involved put some effort into it. First, grass cutters should be warned against thr......



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03 Oct 2018
National Parks Board
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Heed rules against feeding monkeys in park

On a recent visit to MacRitchie Reservoir, I noticed that there were many monkeys around, and that some were eating items such as curry puffs. The animals were also attracted to the food and drinks brought by visitors to the reservoir. One monkey even tried to snatch the drink from a visitor's hand. She finally threw the cup filled with the drink onto the ground so as to avoid being attacked by the monkey. I have also heard of incidents where monkeys have tried to s......



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13 Sep 2018
National Parks Board
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Parks here need more playgrounds

I refer to the letter by Mr Ramamurthy Mahesh Kumar (Stop turning soft running tracks into concrete ones; Sept 12). I wish to make another suggestion to the National Parks Board (NParks) for improving the experience of park users. I would like to urge NParks to look at having more playgrounds in Pasir Ris Park, East Coast Park and the Southern Ridges. I live in Jalan Loyang Besar which is a five-minute walk from Pasir Ris Park Area 1. There are no pla......



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12 Sep 2018
National Parks Board
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Stop turning soft running tracks into concrete ones

I run regularly along the Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk, Lorong Halus Wetland area and the recently opened Coney Island area. The jogging track along the riverside was paved with wood, while the track along Lorong Holus Wetland was made of red sand. They were a heaven for runners. To my shock, all those runner-friendly tracks havebeen changed to hard concrete tracks. It is quite appalling that even wooden benches have been replaced by concrete ones......



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09 Jun 2018
National Parks Board
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The PCN between Pine Grove HUDC and Ghim Moh Link has many non-working lamps. Just done my walk /jog along it Half an hour ago. Please maintain the lamps.  Thank you. ......



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04 Jun 2018
National Parks Board
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NPark is not maintaining the plants planted all over Singapore. If you drive pass scrubs along the road side, try look into the plants and you may observe many white spider insects. These can be wide spread and they don’t do anything until someone discovered. ie reactive approach.  I wonder how often they do the inspection. On paper, they may have put X times per year? In my opinion,  all government agencies very good at documenting do’s and don’t but......



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04 Jun 2018
National Parks Board
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NParks , Town Councils and the nursery contractors did not carry out the maintenance works to the trees they planted. Commonly you can see trees are being strangled by the supporting ropes after they were planted long time ago. The ropes are meant to be a temporary bracing to be provided temporary only, instead it kill the trees.......



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