Cycling at East Coast Park, hiking at MacRitchie, taking photos at Jurong Lake Gardens – been there, done that. If you’re looking for another lush green space to spread your picnic mat, check out Sengkang Riverside Park.
Located in the north east region of our island, this park in Sengkang has plenty to offer. From IG-worthy lalang fields to a cute fruit-themed boardwalk, here’s what to explore at Sengkang Riverside Park.
Spanning 210,000sqm, the park has multiple trails as well as bridges that connect it to the Round Island Route. This means you can seamlessly get to Rower’s Bay, Pasir Ris Park, Changi Beach Park, and East Coast Park as long as you just keep walking or cycling.
Stroll along Sengkang Riverside Bridge that connects the banks of this park and Punggol Reservoir to get elevated views of the surroundings. FYI, at 290m in length, it is the longest bridge in Singapore to be built across a canal.
Thanks to its huge sheltered node near the Otter Pavilion, it is also a popular rest spot amongst joggers and cyclists looking for respite from the sun or rain.
Image adapted from: @taichi_kenny, @oursengkang
Most of the trails are unsheltered though so don’t forget to wear a hat or shades to protect yourself from the direct sun.
Gigantic shrooms spotted.
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As you hike along the many walking trails, you’ll get to see the manually planted marshes and the rich biodiversity of unusual plants and creatures that call the park home.
Those who love birdwatching will be happy to know that sightings of the purple heron, little tern and collared kingfisher are pretty common.
The park is also inhabited by mangrove birds, dragonflies, and lots of damselflies that you can spot flying around or sitting on the aquatic plants.
With that being said, bring along insect repellent if you intend to stick around in the park for long to ward off any mosquitoes.
Not only does Sengkang Riverside Park have the longest bridge built over a canal, but it also boasts Singapore’s largest man-made wetland, PUB’s Sengkang Floating Wetland.
You may have seen photos on the ‘Gram of the cute fruit-shaped sculptures that act as resting spots peppered along the boardwalk.
There’s even a gigantic mangosteen that you can sit in and take a break.
Apparently, as you take a tour of the park, you may spot some actual fruits including star fruit, chiku and dragon fruit growing in the wetlands.
We can never get enough of large fields with unobstructed views of greenery and blue skies, especially since there are very few such places in our city.
Sengkang Riverside Park has lalang fields that you can KIV for your next photoshoot if you need a secluded spot with no one else around and no buildings in the frame.
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I mean if you’re planning or celebrating something special – wink wink – the lalang fields make a very pretty backdrop for memorable photos.
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During the months of June to August, you’ll also get to see beautiful water hyacinths blooming and thriving under the heat.
Image credit: NParks
If you live in a humble abode with no space for gardening, check out these Allotment Garden plots provided by NParks. It’s a space offered to anyone who wants to nurture their green fingers and become plant parents.
For $57/year, you’ll get a raised planter bed where you can grow your own herbs, vegetables or ornamental plants. Just take note that these are open to the public to admire too.
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The kids can have a jolly good time playing at the Nature Playgarden which features the usual slides and a sandpit area with digging tools.
There’s also a childcare centre within the vicinity, so the playground attracts a busy crowd of young ones in the late afternoon.
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Also nearby is the Soaring Vision Sculpture which some say resembles pencil shavings. Jokes aside, the art piece was sculpted by local artist Elsie Yu in 1992 and is meant to depict the progress of our nation.
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Generally overshadowed by neighbouring hood Punggol, we’d say Sengkang has its fair share of exciting elements too. In fact, because it is slightly ulu, the park is a tranquil setting for some alone time and to spot the biodiversity thriving in the area.
Getting There: From Farmway LRT, walk about 7 minutes towards Sengkang North Bridge. Alternatively, take bus 374 to Blk 338A and walk across to the park.
Address: Anchorvale Street, Singapore 544834
Opening hours: 24/7, Daily
Contact: NParks website
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