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Singapore Soka Association Adopts Park

SSA General Director Ong planting a Duranta variegated dwarf shrub
SSA volunteers warm up with exercises

Under the auspices of Singapore National Park Board's "Adopt a Park" program, women and young women of Singapore Soka Association (SSA) have taken responsibility for beautifying Telok Kurau Park. At the "adoption" ceremony held on December 31, 2006, one hundred SSA volunteers planted various kinds of flowering shrubs. SSA General Director Ong Bon Chai expressed his hopes that the park will be "loved and enjoyed by all as a garden of hope, wisdom, and culture." Adoption responsibilities also include hosting activities in the park for nearby residents. Red ixora, desert rose and Mexican petunia were in full bloom in one area which SSA volunteers had spent a month landscaping in preparation for the day's festivities. The Adopt a Park program was launched in February 1997 to forge closer links between local communities and the Singapore National Park management and to create greater appreciation for open space. (The park is located along the Siglap Park Connector and is a short walk from the Kembangan MRT Station.)

[Adapted from an article in the January 10, 2007 issue of the SSA Times, Singapore Soka Association]