Newly opened in 2011, the Tampines Eco Green Park is a nature-lover’s delight. In the middle of high-density HDB flats, this 36.5 hectare park, situated in the east of our island nation, is home to a wealth of biodiversity, with its rainforest, grasslands, and freshwater wetlands. The park was designed with minimal intrusion, leaving most of the land untouched and in its original state.
Trail runners, rejoice. The park offers a marsh trail, and a forest trail, totalling to about 4.5km. What makes this park incredibly unique is that these trails are neither gravel nor concrete, but grass, which makes it a perfect running surface for those with knee complaints. The trails are clearly marked out with directional sign, and the distances are clearly indicated.
Runners are advised to respect the ecosystems while they enjoy the experience of getting close to nature. Take nothing but photos, and leave nothing but footprints. Runners are also warned that there is no lighting at the park, making it unsuitable for night runs.
Adjacent to Tampines Eco Green are two other parks – Tampines Bike Park and Sun Plaza Park.
You can get to Tampines Eco Green using park connectors:
– Tampines Park Connector: Runs northwards, eventually reaching Pasir Ris Town Park.
Image 1 credit: nparks.gov.sg
Images 2 and 3 credit: travelfish.org
Route at a glance:
Suitable for night runs? No
Alternatively, if coming by bus, the closest bus stop is situated on Tampines Ave 7, accessible by the following bus services: 4, 8, 15, 18, 19, 27, 28, 29, 37, 38, 81, 168, 291 and 293.