For the litter picking event on 7th August 2016, the Palms Neighbourhood Committee in Nee Soon South constituency adopted the Goodlink Park Playground. They assumed the duty to take care of every aspect of the park, including keeping it clean, enhancing its greenery and alerting the police if there are any suspicious characters found loitering around.
This is the first park to be holistically adopted by residents. While NParks had a scheme called Adopt-a-Park, those Organisations and Corporations who adopted it were mainly concerned about outreach efforts like events, signage and guided tours. This is the first time the “adopters” are residents nearby.
Along with the adoption ceremony, Grassroots Adviser, Er. Dr. Lee Bee Wah, MP for Nee Soon GRC joined some 150 Nee Soon South residents to pick litter in the vicinity of Goodlink Park. Er. Dr. Lee Bee Wah said, “Local residents use the park often, and they’re best placed to flag out any problems with it. I thank Palms NC for stepping forward, and I hope more residents will take ownership of their local parks all over Nee Soon South and Singapore.“