Phase one of Woodlands Waterfront opens

The northern region of Singapore now has a new leisure destination – Woodlands Waterfront.

And the park’s launch on Sunday attracted some 2,500 people.

The park was designed with community-based events in mind.

Phase 1 opened up three hectares of the Woodlands Waterfront. The phased opening was by residents’ demand.

“The project was actually planned in close collaboration with… input of the grassroots. Many of the facilities that we have provided were for community purposes,” said Ler Seng Ann, group director of Conversation & Development Services with Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

Although only one-third of the park area has been opened, the URA said the main features are already in place.

One is a playground that’s not just for children. Youths can also seek thrills at the two-storey Skywalk and crawl through the playground’s tree pods.

The waterfront park, which overlooks the Straits of Johor, will also feature a refurbished 400-metre jetty – a reminder that the park used to be occupied by warehouses.

The remaining six hectares of the Woodlands Waterfront will be opened by the end of the year, with features like the Catilevered Promenade, nature area, trails and green spaces.

When fully completed, the Woodlands Waterfront will be linked to the nearby Admiralty Park and the park connector along Woodlands Centre Road and Admiralty West.

The Woodlands Waterfront will also add on to 1.5km of the 150km-Round Island Route, which allows seamless strolling, jogging or cycling around Singapore.

Construction costs of the park and promenade amounted to $19 million.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 23 May 2010

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