Sengkang Riverside Park Hot
This hidden gem is situated right next to the busy Tampines Expressway and alongside the everchanging skyline of Sengkang. Boasting a drive-thru Mcdonalds, Steakhouse, Swimming Pool, Badminton Courts, Hockey Stadium and a man made wetland with walking decks, this park definitely has something for everyone to enjoy!
Bathe in sun cream before you go
Parks are best when they have aged. It is a little too early to know whether this one will ever be anything more than a grassy knoll (three actually) with concentric paths for joggers or walkers or their nemesis: cyclists.
There seem to be three main sections with one on the Senkang side of the river the other two split by a road and an LRT.
At least few cars use the road. That will change soon enough when the new blocks of houses are completed. The LRT has a stop at Kupang but it too is closed. The LRT train stops there, but the doors don't open! Another one of those stations planned for the future, and beggar those who want easy access to the park. The road has no buses. So how do you get there?
As you do to almost any park in Singapore: by car!
That won't be a problem yet. No doubt the park is a delight in the evening when it is cool. At the moment there are no trees casting any shade at all so it is torture to visit during the day. Maybe it was designed by the National Skin Centre to increase business from sun cancers!
Don't get me wrong: i love parks. I love the parks of Singapore. But this one has a lot of growing to do before it can be described as truly pleasant.
In the meantime, how about some public transport to get people there (in the evenings)?
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New Favourite Nighttime Hangout!
There is absolutely nothing to dislike about this place at night. In the day it's pretty hot here and can be a little crowded, though generally not as people-filled as, say, Bishan-AMK or Punggol Park.
At night, this place is BREEZY and I'm talking doesn't-even-feel-like-Singapore breezy. A friend I brought here at 10pm one night told me it feels like the spring breeze in a foreign land and he loved it too. Maybe it's the relative lack of high-rise buildings, but this park is definitely the place to go if you're looking for a nice quiet and cool spot to go at night.
The grass is also trimmed regularly and is clean-ish so feel free to lie on the grass or whatever people do on grassy expanses of land. Picnicking here in the day is thoroughly enjoyable.
It is actually very accessible, though some stops near the park on the LRT aren't operational, this park is like a 2-minute walk from Farmway LRT station (which is operational), so getting here is definitely not an issue. There's also Mushroom Cafe here, which serves decent food at decent prices, and again, extremely serene at night.
I've had some of my deepest, most intimate conversations with other people here. The atmosphere (the tranquility, lack of people, relative lack of high rise buildings, cold wind, nature sounds) at night just sets you up for a good time. You'll definitely experience one of those moments that make life worth living here.
10/10 BEST PARK EVERRR
My school was at the North side previously. My 969 bus had to travel down this particular expressway that sliced above the river from Sengkang Riverside Park. There was an air of tranquility that resides beyond those murky waters. Sengkang residents were early birds. Many were already up and awake in the wee morning, clad in Nikes head to toe as they launch their usual routine of jogging.
However, the river smelled slightly pungent n the morning too. Sometimes, that is. I enquired my father regarding the whiff of pungent-ness that greeted our nose buds that day. Apparently, this site was previously a sty; a pigs sty, during the era when Kampungs were a norm all over Singapore! I was instantly captivated by Sengkang Riverside Park in a entirely new way. I attempted to visualise pigs scurrying there but to no avail. This refurbishment established at Sengkang as a Riverside Park is truly a formidable feat.
One of the best attraction in Sengkang!
Our place is within walking distance to Sengkang Riverside Park and seriously, that is one of the many reasons why we choose to purchase a place in Sengkang.
Being able to enjoy a jog or stroll in peace is a luxury in the hectic lives of Singaporeans nowadays. Spending weekends jogging with kids, flying colorful kites, walking dogs etc are all signs of quality living for best relaxation of mind.
The mushroom café at the park is a good place to chill in the evening with kids and their many park connectors are so accessible and convenient! Enjoying a picnic with friends and family on the greenery seems so easily available with such friendly park nearby.
Promote healthy lifestyle and family bonding, this is it!
A park with great amenities, fruits and all
I have visited this park a few times since it's conception. The first time I checked it out, it was only half built and sparsely furnished. When it started raining suddenly, my friend and I had to run all the way across the park and road to the main building for shelter. There was once I brought my cousins to this park for kite flying as well. It was a great experience, the overall ambiance was relaxing and peaceful with the rolling hills and all.
I think this park have excellent amenities like Macdonald's, 7-11 and even a swimming pool nearby. Food and play are all within walking, or in my case, running distance. The only thing that doesn't go down well with me is the fruits bobbing in the river as floating platforms. I understand that's the theme of the park, but garish colors juz don't belong in the larger picture of a tranquil park scene.
Oasis in an urban suburb
This park used to literally be a swamp and scrubland. It was as rough as rough could be though I did have a lot of fun fishing along the banks of the river that made up the swamp. The river is still there though now tideless after the damming of the river. The swamp was filled in and now nicely landscaped.
I am not too sure if the packs of wild dogs are still there. I remember them to be particularly feral and were impartial to chasing after cyclists. I once had to sprint at 70km/h on my bicycle to escape their wrath for wandering into their territory.
I pass by this park every now and then while travelling by bus on the TPE at night. It seems to be well-lit and that should make it a little safer for a night walk. But still, do keep your alert level high.
A breath of fresh air
Sengkang Riverside Park is HUGE, with breath-taking scenery comprised of lush green trees and an actual river running through it, unlike some other places which euphemistically describe a 'longkang' as a 'river'.
While jogging along the river, one may even see a bit of wildlife. For example, I've seen white birds resembling mini kingfishers (sorry, not sure what the English name for it is, but in Mandarin it's called 天鹤). Also, since the place is huge, while jogging or cycling, one gets the feeling that they have the place entirely to themselves, and are thus able to enjoy their activities in the peaceful silence.
Sengkang Riverside Park is also both surrounded and filled with amenities. There is a McDonalds outside as well as cafes inside in case one feels hungry or thirsty, and the place is also conveniently located near an MRT for easy access.
Not so ulu after all!
I really do love Sengkang, and it annoys me a little when people call it "ulu". Okay, Sengkang might not have a movie theatre or an ultra big mall with famous retailers but so what? There is still plenty to do in Sengkang, and the Riverside Park helps drive that point home.
The swimming pool is wide and spacious, with pools for competitive swimmers, casual swimmers and families all in one place. There are also long slides that young children and adults can go on for a quick, cheap thrill.
The hockey stadium is, according to many, the best and most popular pitch in Singapore, and you could a match or two during the National School Championships.
Also, there is plenty to eat at the park, so what more could you ask for? Sengkang Riverside Park is a vibrant lifestyle hub bringing colour to this vibrant town.
The Hidden Green Spot
As a biking enthusiast, Sengkang Riverside Park has always been a landmark on my regular cycling route. Situated just beside an expressway, it is easily mistaken as part of the greenery that one commonly finds along expressways. Whilst I enjoy the serenity proffered by a smaller crowd as compared to larger parks, the size is relatively small for one to cycle comfortably, with 800m- 1km worth of tracks. However, the PCN network leading into and out of the park does negate the 'cramped' feeling. Good places to stop by include the exercise corner (I enjoy the monkey bar), and there is a space behind the hockey courts conduicive to enjoying a meal whilst witnessing the passing of the evening traffic
Clears the mind.
My school once held a cross country event, and I had to run along the park. I must say the greenery in this area really helps to clear my mind alot. The air was fresh and the scenery was spectacular. The cooling weather at that time really helped too. Even though I was getting worn out by the jogging, I felt motivated to carry on.
The small river nearby also had a very distinct smell. If it wasn't for the expressway and the cars at the other side, I would have thought I was jogging in a real forest itself! I hope to try cycling here again soon.
I think there are not many people who frequent this park since I mostly saw people from my school during the cross country. This makes the park better than the other parks already. I always feel that other parks like Punggol Park or East Coast are way too crowded to jog or cycle. Try Sengkang Riverside Park if you prefer quieter places with fewer people!