Visitors to fishing spots along the coast of Punggol will now have better access to the area with the opening of the 1.2-kilometre Punggol Point Walk.
It’s the second zone to be opened as part of the S$16.7 million Punggol Promenade.
When fully completed next year, the 4.9 kilometre-long waterfront promenade will connect two recreational clusters along the north eastern coast of Singapore.
Lee Howe Ming, executive architect of Conservation & Urban Design Group at Urban Redevelopment Authority, said: “What we are trying to do is to really bring people back to Punggol Point, make it as a recreational node by building this nice park. It’s also well connected along the coastline to other recreational options along Punggol such as your My Waterway@Punggol, Lorong Halus Wetlands ”
Visitors to Punggol Point Walk will not only enjoy the seabreeze from the viewing deck but also take in the panoramic views of the Straits of Johore.
The deck, which marks the end of Punggol Road, can hold some 300 people and also serves as a shelter to users of the jetty.
There’s also a giant lily pond, a children’s playground and an events plaza at Punggol Point Walk.
Footpaths and cycling tracks will link up with park connectors along the Punggol and Serangoon Reservoirs, forming a continuous 17 -kilometre loop around north-eastern Singapore.
When the last stage of the promenade, the Nature Walk measuring 2.5km, is completed early next year, the public can make their way from Riverside Walk in Punggol East to the Sengkang Riverside Park.
Lee Howe Ming said: “Punggol Point Walk is just one of three segments of Punggol Promenade. So when the entire Punggol Promenade is open early next year, it will also be connected to park connectors that will run along Punggol and Serangoon reservoirs.
“So eventually all this will link up to form a north eastern park connector, a network loop, so that’s about 17 kilometres.
“And this will also be connected in the future to the round island cycling routes, so that’s about 150 kilometres.”
“Singapore is a small island but by doing all these park connectors we’re giving a lot more recreational options to residents in Singapore.”
There’ll also be a soon-to-be opened horse riding school at Punggol Point.
A site has also been reserved at Punggol Point Walk for F&B outlets in the future.
“We hope that Punggol Point Walk will offer respite from the hustle and bustle of city life to the residents in Punggol and allow visitors of all ages to relax and soak in the idyllic atmosphere,” said URA Chief Executive Officer, Ng Lang.
“This latest recreation destination is a collective effort from the project team, leaders and residents from the grassroots and constituency, the agencies from the public sector and supporters from the private sector.”
The Punggol Promenade is the latest in a series of improvement projects that the URA has undertaken to enhance the living environment. Others include the Southern Ridges, the Woodlands Waterfront and the soon-to-be completed Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk.
It is also part of URA’s Rustic Coast Proposals, which aims to connect the five coastal areas – Pulau Ubin, Changi Point, Pasir Ris and Coney Island and Punggol Point URA’s Parks and Waterbodies and Identity Plans to open up coastal areas and introduce new recreational activities and amenities for residents to enjoy.
Source : Channel NewsAsia – 20 Nov 2011