Photo credit: GARDENS BY THE BAY

New Active Garden for all ages opens at Gardens by the Bay

The new green space features a community garden, an outdoor gym and musical playground, as well as a pet-friendly cafe.

Caleb Lau

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Published: 4 April 2022, 3:51 PM

To commemorate its 10th anniversary this year, Gardens by the Bay opened a new one-hectare-wide green space on Apr 2.

Called the Active Garden, it comprises a community garden, two recreation lawns, fitness and play areas, multipurpose facilities and pet-friendly cafe Mylo’s.

Created for people of all ages and walks of life, the new area has an outdoor gym and musical playground reminding visitors to stay active and have fun.


The gym (left) is equipped with features like a knee-lift high bar and the musical playground (right) allows people to create unique sounds with various percussion instruments. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


Another highlight is the Community Garden, which grows over 50 kinds of edible plants ranging from herbs and vegetables to fruit trees. Once harvested, the produce will be used in various educational public workshops held there, to foster greater interest in home gardening.


The crops are grown and cared for by horticulturists and volunteers, who will carry out tasks like soil preparation and fertilisation of young plants. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


The Active Garden also sports two open lawns ideal for recreational activities like picnics or exercise events. The two lawns are accessible free of charge but also available for event bookings.


The Active Garden Lawn (left) and Moongate Lawn (right) offer scenic views of the Singapore skyline, which includes the Marina Bay Sands and Singapore Flyer in the background. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


Similarly open to public and for booking, the outdoor Waterfront Plaza and indoor Ficus Room are multi-purpose venues suitable for corporate activities and social events.


The Waterfront Plaza (left) is a breezy sheltered location offering a view of the Marina Bay Reservoir and the Ficus Room (right) is suited for more private corporate events like seminars. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


Pet-owners not only can bring out their companions to the open spaces, but also to Mylo’s, a pet-friendly cafe that offers fresh bakes and 20 seasonal gelatos made on-site.


Named after the owner Michael Wilson’s golden retriever, the pet-friendly cafe also accommodates larger group seatings with a view of the gardens. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


Speaking at the launch, Minister for National Development and Minister-In-Charge of Social Services Integration Mr Desmond Lee said a slew of family-oriented activities will happen throughout the year in conjunction with the Year of Celebrating SG Families, a movement led by Families for Life.

“It is not only about the events – events provide an opportunity and platform for a day out, for you to come together as a family amidst our busy lives, come together as one, spend time together.”

To keep the area accessible to all Singaporeans, Mr Lee also said the Gift of Gardens community outreach programme will enable free admission to attractions for eligible seniors, persons with disabilities and low-income families.

A 10-minutes walk from Bayfront MRT station, the Active Garden is open 5am to 2am daily and admission is free. Upcoming workshops and activities in the new green space can be found on the Gardens by the Bay website.

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