The National Parks Board (NParks) is a statutory board within the Ministry of National Development. It is responsible for developing and enhancing Singapore's image as a Garden City. NParks is tasked with providing and managing quality parks, greenery and related services to meet the needs of both residents and overseas visitors. Our Mission is "Let's make Singapore our Garden!".
NParks is the lead agency for enhancing the quality of life by providing and managing excellent greenery, recreation and nature outreach, in partnership with the community.
To provide and manage stimulating, diverse and valuable greenery
To inspire ownership and care for our greenery and nature
To promote 'green' recreation as a lifestyle
To manage nature areas for the advancement of life sciences
To achieve organisational excellence
The National Parks Board was reconstituted on 1 July 1996, following the merger of the Parks and Recreation Department (PRD) and the former National Parks Board.
PRD's history can be traced as far back as June 1967 when the Parks and Trees Unit within the Public Works Department was formed to help achieve the objective of greening the city. The emphasis was to plant roadside trees extensively throughout Singapore to provide shade and greenery to our rapidly developing urban environment, and to build parks and open spaces. In April 1976, PRD was established as a department to undertake the implementation of the Garden City Campaign.
In June 1990, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Fort Canning Park and the nature reserves were moved out of PRD's management. The National Parks Board was formed to develop, manage and promote these parks as valuable resources for recreation, conservation, research and education.
The two agencies were brought together once again in July 1996 with a more challenging vision. Through the synergistic effect of the merger of two complementary businesses, NParks aims to create a pervasive garden environment over the whole island in which Singaporeans live, work and play.