Opened to the public in 2008, Sengkang Riverside Park is situated in the Northeast of Singapore has been was awarded the ABC Waters Certification, for the integration of sustainable urban planning with protection of Singapore’s water resources. A calm and tranquil park, one quickly forgets that the marsh plants in the artificially created wetlands, which draws a rich biodiversity (notably fish, birds and dragonflies), were originally planted by hand!
Sungei Punggol runs through this 21-hectare riverine park, with a vehicle and pedestrian bridge linking the east and west sections. All areas of the park offer tracks for biking, jogging or hiking, and runners should not miss the unique Fruit Tree Trail, which features 16 different tropical fruit trees, some of which are so exotic you’ve probably never heard of their names.
Adjacent to the park is the Sengkang Sports and Recreation Centre, accessible via the Floating Wetland. The Civic Lawn can be hired for private functions, and the park also has a Visitors Centre. For a post-run meal or a quick refreshment, drop by the Mushroom Cafe, situated within the park itself. With overnight lighting, this park is suitable for nighttime running.
You can reach Sengkang Riverside Park using the park connectors:
– Punggol Park Connector which runs alongside Sungei Punggol, eventually splitting into two – heading north ultimately leads to Punggol Beach while turning east onto Punggol Jogging/Bicycle Path which runs along My Waterway @ Punggol. Both routes are viable options for accessing Pulau Serangoon (Coney Island).
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Image 2, 3 credit: Haslinda, 2011, re-used with permission from https://hasayang.wordpress.com
Route at a glance:
Surface: Grass, Tarmac, Pavement
Suitable for night runs? Yes
If coming by bus, the closest stop is serviced by bus number 85.