Monday, January 24, 2011

Woodlands Waterfront

Woodlands Waterfront: RESIDENTS in the north can now enjoy a panoramic view of the Straits of Johor while jogging, cycling or fishing at the Woodlands Waterfront, a newly completed coastal park.

The 9ha park also has a refurbished 400m-long jetty and a playground that caters to both the young and old, with exercise equipment and two-storey-high Sky Bridges.

Yesterday marked the official completion of the park, including the final instalment of the project - 6ha of undulating terrain furnished with rest shelters, as well as jogging and cycling tracks. About 3,000 residents turned up for the celebrations, which included a brisk walk and carnival organised by Sembawang GRC.

 Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Health and a Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC, was the guest of honour at the ceremony.

Said Mr Khaw: "This waterfront project is a beautiful addition to our neighbourhood... We are one of the few constituencies with a very long waterfront." He hopes that residents will use the park often for exercise and leisure with their family and friends.

He said the investment in the project was "money well spent", noting that the park was "very well used".

The $19-million project is part of the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Parks and Waterbodies Plan to enhance Singapore's green spaces and water bodies.

The Woodlands Waterfront is also linked to the nearby Admiralty Park via the 25km-long Northern Explorer Park Connector Network launched last November.

Spotted at the park yesterday was Yishun resident Tay Liling, 28, her mother, husband and the couple's two children, aged four and six.

Ms Tay, a beauty therapist, and her family visit the park once a month.

"It's different from the other parks. It's more interesting as it has a playground that my kids can play at and a jetty where my daughter can inline skate," she said.

"My mother, who lives nearby, also likes to come here for her daily morning walks because of the sea view."


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