Thinking of what to do during the long Chinese New Year weekend? Phase 1 of the Round Island Route just opened to the public on 22 January, spanning over 75km in its wake. The full route is set to be ready by 2035, as part of Singapore’s larger green plan to establish the nation as a ‘City in Nature’.
This piece of highly-anticipated news comes following NParks’ overall plan to curate a 360km island-wide network of recreational routes, comprising park connectors and trails.
Part of the longest recreational connection network in Singapore, Phase 1 covers the eastern half of Singapore, from Rower’s Bay Park in the northeast, all the way past the Singapore River to Berlayer Creek in the south.
Some key parks that you’ll spot along the way include Sengkang Riverside Park, Pasir Ris Park, Changi Beach Park and East Coast Park. So whether you’re cycling or deciding to take a long hike, you will also be able to hop onto the route at any of these parks.
Should you feel tired along the way, rest assured that there’ll be rest stops for you to take a break at, or even pack along a picnic to enjoy with your friends and loved ones under any one of these newly constructed shelters.
Some features to look out for include the cycling bridges and boardwalk at Changi Bay, as well as the picturesque Sengkang Riverside Bridge, one of the largest bridges connecting the banks of Sungei Punggol across the canal.
Also, look out for the array of wildlife, flora and fauna along the way, such as coastal trees like the Penega Laut, and animals such as the White-Bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), Fiddler crabs (Uca spp) and Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata). Not gonna lie, we’re particularly excited about spotting the latter.
Find out more about the Round Island Route here.
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