Developed on an old rubber estate, Yishun Park, 14-hectare park, features a hill with natural vegetation. A SAFRA clubhouse is within the park. You can see tropical fruit trees such as durain, rambutan, guava and banana on the grassy knoll. Facilities such as a children's playground, fitness stations, a recreational corner, bicycle tracks, and a Chinese Chess Board Plaza are provided.
For the unique 600-sqm Chinese Chess Board Plaza, the ground is painted to resemble a large chess board with tables and benches representing chess pieces. The top of the tables are painted with Chinese characters and park visitors interested in these games can engage themselves in their favourite pastime amidst serene surroundings.
Located at the heart of the Yishun Housing Estate, Yishun Park was the site of a former rubber plantation. In the 1920s, this was also the site of Chye Kay village the inhabitants of which were mainly rubber tappers. Besides tapping rubber most of these frugal hardworking people also reared poultry and grew fruit trees for home consumption.
The site was rich in natural vegetation, by retaining most of the natural vegetation in the central part of the park, to provide the much needed contrast to the manicured and landscaped areas of the surrounding HDB housing estate. We can still see some old rubber trees and fruit trees in this area, a stark reminder of all the remains of the frugal and hardworking people of Chye Kay village who once lived here.
Yishun Park is the first Dipterocarp arboretum in Singapore. The Dipterocarp Arboretum house 860 numbers of living specimens/ trees, 8 genera and 73 species of Dipterocarps. The Arboretum is grouped according to diversity collection, Hopea anthology, Shorea anthology & Dipterocarp anthology, and is planned in such a way to aid in the visualisation and familiarisation of these Dipterocarp genera (Dipterocarpus, Shorea, Anisoptera, Hopea, Dryobalanops, Vatica, Neobalanocarpus, Parashorea). The Arboretum is made possible by Banyan Tree Holdings Limited as a partner in terms of funding, tree-planting and other programmes. The Arboretum is officially opened in 10 July 2008.
There are no guided tours at this park. You can learn more about our tropical fruits from the information boards and sculptures installed all over the park.