After many years of waiting, I think the people of Punggol are finally one step closer to the vision of Punggol 21
that the gahmen announced like a zillion years ago. After last year opening of the Punggol Promenade, the Punggol Waterway is now completed! The 4.2km waterway stretch across the edge of Punggol from Punggol Way to Sungei Serangoon. It connects Sungei Punggol and Sungei Serangoon and was build at a cost of S$234m (+/- a couple of million). So is it worth the money?
Was there to take part in the Punggol Waterway Fiesta and first impression, I must admit I was impressed. Just like the Alexandra Canal
, the HDB has created a beautiful little stream that wound through different section of the park. Each part of the park has a different theme with something for everybody including a place to catch the setting sun, a sand play and water play area for children. There is even watersport available!
One thing that irks me about our public parks is that Nparks or whoever is in charge of the project loves to cut down every single tree leaving the area bereft of shade. Then they plant those tiny little saplings which will turn eons to grow into matured tree and so in the end the park become underutilised in the day due to our hot hot weather.
Anyway, back to the waterway. The Punggol MRT station is just 10 minutes walk to the start of the waterway here
Shelters of all designs are provided along the entire stretch. Some are position right up the slope providing a nice view of the setting sun
There are also various crossings like this one along the way to cross to either side of the bank
A small section of the waterway with the HDB flat behind it.
Wonder where this uncompleted portion leads to?
Looking back where we came from
Another view of the waterway. Look no railings at the side!
There are fountains all over providing circulation for the water
Participants of the Fiesta being guided through the park
Beautiful place. Worth a visit especially those with young children. But keep an eye on the children, go in the late afternoon or early evening when its not so hot!