At 62 hectares, Bishan Park, with its ponds and bridges, colourful shrubs and lush greenery, is one of the largest and most popular parks in Singapore. Divided by Marymount Road into two plots, Pond Gardens (formerly Bishan Park 1) and River Plains (formerly Bishan Park 2), the park caters to park users of all ages. Some interesting features include three exciting playgrounds, a community garden, a vantage point on a hill that gives one a landmark view of the park, and a Riverside Gallery. One of the highlights of the park is the stretch of Kallang River that used to run in a concrete canal but is now a naturalised, meandering river teeming with life. The result of a joint collaboration between NParks and PUB, under the latter's Active, Beautiful and Clean Waters Programme; this river brings park users closer to the water to enjoy its beauty and serenity, and to appreciate the flora and fauna that flourish in the park because of the waterway. It may be of interest to visitors to note that the transformation of the canal into a river involved a series of bioengineering techniques and the use of a combination of natural materials such as vegetation and rocks. Civil engineering techniques were also used to stabilise the slope and control soil erosion. The water quality in the ponds and river is maintained, without the use of chemicals, by a cleansing biotope located in Pond Gardens. It consists of carefully selected plants which filter out pollutants while absorbing nutrients from the water.
Marymount Road divides the park into two sections. With its various walking tracks, you can walk along over ten kilometers of paths and not re trace your steps.
Singapore has numerous delightful community parks-cum-resources, and this is one of the best.
The park now looks beautiful, and the atmosphere is absolutely perfect for a romantic stroll in the park. Another plus point is that although the restaurants/bars look "atas" in terms of the atmosphere, the food/drinks weren't as expensive as we expected it to be. A bottle of moscato costs around $40 to $50, and when shared amongst 4 people, each person only had to pay about $10 - and I definitely didn't mind that considering the atmosphere of the place.
Will definitely revisit and recommend to friends!
One of the most charming features of the park is the meandering river. What once was a concrete canal is now a lush river with rocks, plants and fish in the stream. You can take a stroll along the river, and when the water level is low, you can cross the stream using stepping-stones. Despite the hustle and bustle of the park, it still maintains a certain kind of serenity. The park is also home to a McDonald’s, as well as a restaurant/bar, and plenty of benches for you to sit on when you need a break.
This park is best for those who thrive on the energy of others. If you’re a little crowd-averse, avoid the park on weekends and public holidays- on weekdays though, I find the number of people in the park just enough to make me feel secure, but not overcrowded.
After dinner, we decided to take a stroll and Bishan Park is really huge. It is separated into two areas, divided by Marymount Road. Even though it was about 9 at night, there were still a lot of joggers as well as people walking their dogs in the park. Some areas of the park however, are not as well lit. Just be more careful going there alone for a jog too late at night.
Bishan Park is an ideal place for couples who want to take a walk in the park too. There are benches for two, with its backrest inclined at forty five degrees. Just lay on these benches and chit chat or enjoy the night scenery. Bishan Park would be one of the parks you have to go to at least once; all is good except for the mosquitoes.
What I liked best was the area which was once a concrete canal. It has now been changed into a flowing river! As a past student of the school directly beside the concrete canal in the past, I can only imagine what the view is like now from the classroom windows. Do not be afraid to step all the way down to the edge of the river out of fear for a sudden surge of water as there are now announcements and warnings to give you ample time to reach back to safer grounds.
Like a little girl, I was staring into the water where the fishes reside in and unfortunately, avoid me. On a side note please do not be disturbed if you suddenly see a fish vacuuming all of its babies into its mouth. I did research about that and found that it was a natural defense system the mother fish does whenever it thinks that there is danger around for her babies (Makes me feel a little guilty).
I wandered around the playgrounds and one marvel that I must mention here would be the sloping bench design. I totally enjoyed lying there underneath the shade of the trees on that bench while messaging my friends on the progress of my interview work. What wasn't pleasant for me would be the heat and some flies that constantly disturb my rest on the bench but the rest is fine. The change in the park is truly amazing so do visit to see the beauty with your own eyes!
It has changed ALOT.Not only is it more appealing to the eye, but there are more benches for the tired or the lazy to rest on. What's more, there are new long benches facing the revamped canal. One can truly rest and take in the beautiful scenery as children and parents attempt to catch fishes in the stream while the sun sets. The orangey-pink sky is definitely worthy of being on Instagram.
What I like most, is the big patch of field created after the renovation. It is especially conducive for kite flying. At the risk of being bitten by weird insects that I myself cannot identify of (probably beetles), stay on even as the sun sets, and be amazed by the pretty lights in the sky. No, they aren't stars. They are the LED lights on kites flown by many experienced kite flyers but they are so dazzling, you might even mistake them for fireflies:D
At night the whole place feels so calm and serene and it is then that the park is at it's very best. In the night the bridge lights up over the pond, making the entire area look stunning. There are also several playgrounds within the park. They are all surrounded by a sort of sandbox though, so I wouldn't recommend wearing sandals here.
I wouldn't recommend going during the afternoon however, as it tends to get rather crowded then.
Aside from these activities, the park is also great for an evening stroll, especially after the renovation works, as there are bridges where you can walk on to take a look at the fishes. There are also lounging seats available for you to enjoy the view, and the peace and serenity of the park.
There are clean and smooth pathways for joggers, cyclists and inline skaters to exercise on, nice greenery for people to enjoy while strolling, playgrounds for children to play in and a fenced dog run for dogs to romp around in. There are also many benches and sheltered areas for you to rest at, should your feet get tired or if it were to rain all of a sudden.
If you get hungry, you can troop across the wooden bridge that connects the park to a McDonald's outlet where you can treat yourself to an ice cream or cold drink to beat the heat.
The park is usually more crowded during the weekends and public holidays so it would be wise to head there earlier during those times to get the perfect spot for your picnic party, or just to simply beat the crowd!
My friend unleashed her dog at the park, and did she frolic through the place as happy as a lamb! We simply followed her as she explored the park. There were pathways for joggers to enjoy, and also little 'brick' roads away from the usual routes, leading to steps of stones across the large stream. We certainly felt like kids again, jumping from stone to stone to cross the stream!
It is certainly a place where an adult can relive her childhood days, and also for little kids to enjoy the beautiful outdoors instead of facing the computer all day. At Bishan Park, we spotted many kids trying to catch the little fishes in the streams. It certainly reminds me of the times my aunt brought me to Qianhu Fish Farm to catch the fishes in the drains when I was younger!
We were there on a weekday afternoon, so we basically had most of the park to ourselves, but I heard that on weekends, the place would be packed with people, so if you are looking to spend a tranquil day at the park, perhaps it would be better to avoid family days like Sundays!
The park has a section cut out for the dog run which is separated into 2 parts, mainly for small dogs and big dogs.
Owners who have dogs that are not well socliased should not allow their dog off leashed though, as most dogs there are used to being around other people and dogs, and will approach the newcomer which may terrify your dog.
Bishan park is a really lush park and it is really clean despite having a dog run.
The place is also well equipped with seats, which really helps if you want to have a relaxing day by the park.
They also have pathways meant for cyclist, and pathways meant for joggers / people who're just walking.
There is also a path of grass where people can go to fly kites!
Food however, is a distance a way, which I do find inconvinent.
Of course, there are restaurants which are nearer, but it does not help those who are trying to go light on the wallet ><
It'll be great for a family day out!
Onto the cycling, the track is definitely one of the longest and more interesting ones in a park. In a normal park, you will find yourself circling non-stop as the route is short and always leads back to the start in no time. But in Bishan Park, the route is definitely longer than your average park route. There are various curves and routes available to spice up the otherwise mundane cycling journey. While cycling, the lush greenery also provides a comforting view while providing fresh air to you.