How to Go to Punggol Waterway – A Quick Introduction on Punggol Waterway
Punggol is an estate located at the North Eastern point of Singapore. Under the Land Use Plan 2030, Punggol will be revamped into seven districts. The Punggol Waterway actually consists of the Punggol Waterway East and Punggol Waterway West district.
The other five are:
– Matilda District
– Northshore District
– Punggol Point District
– Canal District
– Crescent District
Opened back in 2011, Punggol Waterway is at the epicenter of the first green city in Singapore, the Punggol Eco-town. Under the URA Masterplan, Punggol will be developed into an eco-green estate, complete with residential, recreational aspects, as well as having a business hub in it. Additionally, the Waterway offers a serene environment where visitors come to escape the hassles of city life. Being the first Eco-Town in Singapore, it has a lot of green and eco features and makes it one of the special estate in Singapore.
Also a booming housing estate, it will house many new home owners in Singapore moving forward.
Perhaps what is most attractive about Punggol Waterway is the the water canal itself. It is a man-made 4.2km river water path that runs through the heart of the estate, connecting the two reservoirs at the end. Longest in Singapore, this waterway runs through the whole neighbourhood, establishing what is known as “Waterfront Living” in this new undeveloped part of Singapore. With plans to develop Punggol as a resource sustainable Eco-Town and the theme of “Green Living by the Waters”, buildings are built with the concept of being sustainable and environmentally friendly.
When developed, Punggol is going to be a huge estate, twice the size of Ang Mo Kio today.
Right now, there are constructions going on for the water canal in Punggol Waterway. The park is in front of the projects and will see completed housing by early 2015. Getting to the Punggol Waterway may be a little difficult currently, as navigation and public transport are still not very established at that part yet. We believe in time it will improve with more new MRT lines and current line extensions, , but for now, let’s explore how to go to Punggol Waterway.
Getting to Punggol Waterway
Alternatively, visitors can take advantage of Singapore’s world famous rail transport system. You can also walk from Punggol Central Road to the Waterway, Sentul Crescent Road. This will take around 8 to 12 minutes depending on your speed. Other than walking, there are of course other ways of reaching there.
The LRT train from the Punggol train station stops at the Damai LRT station. From the latter station visitors will walk to Punggol road and take a path leading to the water park.
3, 34, 43.62,82,83,84,85 and 136 all pass-by the Punggol bus interchange from where it is easy to walk to the park.
Many people drive there as it is well connected to the CTE (Central Expressway), Kallang Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) and Tampines Expressway (TPE). However when it comes to parking, you can park at the current residential areas there, or you can park at the road side which leads to the Waterway canal. As traffic is not heavy at the moment, there may or may not need coupons for parking, but do take note and keep a look out when it comes to this.
The Punggol Waterway and park
There are a lot of exciting activities to do in the Punggol park. These activities range from cycling to barbecue. The cycling paths along the waterway offer panoramic views of the area for cycling enthusiasts. For families and groups, the Punggol park is an exceptional area for a picnic, with its breathtaking scenery and beautiful vegetation.
The park also offers a number of dining options in the form of food outlets scattered all over the park. The food outlets offer visitors with a wide range of foods. The park is also ideal for exercise and workouts. Visitors can jog, skate or even cycle while enjoying the scenic views that the park has to offer. The fitness station offers more exercise options for visitors.
Getting From Seng Kang Riverside Park and Punggol Beach
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Under the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s latest Master Plan, Pulau Serangoon, or Coney Island, will finally be opened to the public in 2015.
As residential usage is also part of this project, it looks like there will be more waterfront housings for Pulau Serangoon too.
It currently is a popular spot for outdoor camping and water sports.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority’s latest Master Plan reveals that a part of the island (about half) is going to be reserved for recreational and residential purposes.
The other half of the island will be used as a park to serve as nature lovers’ haven, which includes a bird watching sanctuary, go green solar street lights and walkways.
Punggol Waterway Map
Sungei Serangoon and Sungei Punggol
They are recreated as a freshwater lake and to be transformed into a reservoir. The Waterway runs through and connects the both of them, as seen.
Under the plan, this it will contribute to around 500,000 cubic metre of water to these 2 existing reservoirs as well as having facilities to support water sports like Kayaking and Canoeing.
Cycling tracks and jogging paths are aplenty too, for residents to enjoy a healthy green lifestyle.
Already it has supported marathons, walks and more activities.
Other fast facts include:
- It costs around SGD 225 million
- Took 30 months to build
- 89 aerators and 37 jet fountains installed.
- 3.3 million m3 (117 million ft3) of excavated earth….. can fill up 100 soccer fields, 4m high (!)
- Total area of 200 hectares of cut-and-fill site, equivalent to 285 soccer fields
Lets hope this excavated earth is used wisely somewhere else in Singapore.. We need a lot of earth to reclaim more earth.
Read more here: Introduction to Punggol Waterway
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