In Parliament, Workers’ Party’s NCMP Gerald Giam asked the Minister for National Development whether there were any plans to make Gardens by the Bay Self-Sustainable.
Khaw Boon Wan blankly replied no, Gardens By the Bay would continue to receive grants from the Government and there are absolutely no plans for it to be self-sustainable.
Khaw pointed out that 90% of the recreational space at Gardens by the Bay is Free to the public and it is actually a national public garden for Singaporeans to enjoy.
He said that “Since its opening, it has run a wide range of non-ticketed programmes and activities to reach out to our local community.”
Khaw Boon Wan said that the government gives grants to Gardens by the Bay to offset the operating expenses.
Indeed, the cost of upkeep for Gardens by the Bay is actually huge.
The Gardens cost over $1 Billion to build and the yearly upkeep costs are over $53 Million.
Entry costs to the Super Trees’ tree-top walk is only about $20 per visitor and this is not even close to enough to cover the upkeep costs.
Khaw Boon Wan did not however explain how much revenue Gardens by the Bay was able to make. It is currently unknown just how much taxpayer money is spent to maintain this garden each year.