RUBBER AND PINEAPPLE PLANTATIONS
In the late 1800s, there were a number of pineapple plantations established along Seletar River, owned by Chinese businessmen such as Tan Tye (1839-1898) and Tan Kah Kee (1874-1961).
Tan Kah Kee also owned a pineapple factory at the foot of Seletar River.
When rubber planting took off in Singapore during the early 20th century, large rubber plantations were established along SeletarRiver, and extended till Sungei Sembawang.
Pineapples were planted alongside rubber trees as the trees took time to mature and pineapples provided cash returns in the meantime. In the 1930s, rubber prices plummeted. The industry declined and rubber planting was steadily phased out.
Today, Yishun Park is a 17-hectare park built at a cost of $2.7 million that was officially opened in 1995 by then Acting National Development Minister Lim Hng Kiang. The park we see today still houses original vegetation consisting of all sorts of fruit trees planted by former villagers.
Before the new town was built, this area used to be part of plantations belonging to a kampung called Chye Kay Village. In the rural village, most villagers worked on rubber plantations, fruit orchards and farms until the 1980s, when they were resettled due to urbanisation.As a constant reminder of the former kampung days, the National Parks Board decided to retain 70% of the original trees and vegetation.
Developed on an old rubber estate, Yishun Park is home to an array of tropical fruit trees and natural vegetation. With facilities such as children playgrounds, fitness corners, an amphitheatre and multi-purpose courts, there’s something for everyone. The playgrounds provide children with hours of fun while the multi-purpose courts are great venues for family gatherings and activities.
Visitors can take a stroll around the park among the various tropical fruit trees, such as durian, rambutan, jackfruit, star fruit, coconut and bread fruit trees. Learn more about the different fruits and plants from the information boards installed. Alternatively, visit SAFRA clubhouse on the park’s grounds to enjoy their facilities
Next to the Yishun Park (51 Yishun Avenue 11) , you can also find the Yishun Park Hawker Centre, which is a modern hawker centre with 43 hawker stalls serving a wide variety of traditional and fusion food. Here, you can rack up high scores on the pinball machine, catch a football match on big screens with friends, grab a quick sandwich to go or nurse a beer for as long as you like.