Singapore is a tiny country with a bustling city environment, filled with an abundance of people and compact buildings. Sometimes, it can be difficult to find the perfect location to jog. Whether you are a new jogger or a seasoned jogger, these locations are gems waiting to be found.
To start off, we have Sembawang Park. Located next to the beach and opposite Johor Straits, this is one of the places you can witness the picturesque scene of the sunset from shore. Be sure to keep a lookout for Sembawang Jetty, the Beaulieu House, the Sembawang Shipyard, and what remains of Seletar Pier. Sitting on 15 hectares of land, Sembawang Park is both rich in lush greenery and historical value.
Location: Sembawang Park (North of Singapore)
Discover: Sembawang Jetty, the Beaulieu House, the Sembawang Shipyard and Seletar Pier
Southern Ridges Park
We also have the Southern Ridges Park on our list. Near Harbourfront, this park is special because of the variety it encases. With a 9 kilometre track that connects three parks and nine trails, it is no doubt that this is one of the more diverse parks in Singapore. Out of the nine trails, five are built above ground level. For example, the Henderson Waves is 0.3 kilometre walk that is built 36 metres above Henderson Road. Aside from walks with spectacular views of the harbour from the top, the Southern Ridges Park also has the Floral Walk and Hortpark, which flaunt over a hundred species of flowering plants.
Location: Southern Ridges Park (South of Singapore)
Discover: Henderson Waves, Floral Walk and Hortpark
Estimate distance: 9km
Bedok Reservoir Park
In the East, we have Bedok Reservoir Park that provides the ideal setting for joggers who are looking to unwind. The evening breeze at the reservoir makes jogging there particularly enjoyable. Boasting a 4.3 kilometre track surrounding a vast water body that is popular for water sports such as dragon boating, it is recommended for standard joggers. Some of the attractions there include the Floating Deck and the Forest Adventure obstacle course.
Location: Bedok Reservoir Park (East of Singapore)
Discover: Floating Deck and the Forest Adventure
Estimate distance: 4.5km
West Coast Park
West Coast Park has been built since 1979, and has a land area of 50 hectares. Bubbling with energy from the many families and joggers it welcomes each day, West Coast Park is one of the livelier areas in Singapore. Being a family-oriented park, some highlights would be the Dog Run Corner and the Playground, which is one of the largest in Singapore. For those who thrive on jogging in a dynamic and exuberant environment, West Coast Park is the park for you.
Location: West Coast Park (West of Singapore)
Discover: Dog Run Corner
Punggol Park is convenient for many of the heart landers in the area, and is frequented by joggers of all kinds. However, it is mainly favoured amongst beginner joggers for its 1.3 kilometre track. Encasing the ample pond in the centre of the park are the running and walking paths. Stretching further behind the trails would be a densely forested area. Joggers seeking a less cluttered and leisurely jogging atmosphere should definitely give Punggol Park a go.
Location: Punggol Park (North East of Singapore)
Discover: Plaza area for tai-chi
Estimate distance: 1.3km
MacRitchie Reservoir Park
Home to countless species of wildlife, MacRitchie Reservoir Park is a famous safe haven for creatures such as kingfishers, macaques and monitor lizards that roam around freely in this substantial nature reserve. The HSBC Treetop Walk that stretches 250 metres in length, and suspends 25 metres above ground at its highest point is another attraction in MacRitchie. There are several routes to choose from, ranging from distances of 3 kilometres to 11 kilometres, complete with inclinations and bends. MacRitchie Reservoir Park is a hit with intermediate joggers who love challenging themselves and getting in touch with the great outdoors.
Location: MacRitchie Reservoir Park (Central North of Singapore)
Discover: HSBC Treetop Walk, Wildlife, Trail routes
Estimate distance: 3km to 11km
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Finally, we have Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, which is popular for both evening and morning runs. After recent remodeling, a part of the Kallang River has been designed to obtain cleaner water, and as a result, has been teeming with life ever since. There are two tracks in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park for jogging enhusiasts – the Pond Gardens track and the River Plains track, which are 3 kilometres and 3.3 kilometres respectively.
Location: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park (Central North of Singapore)
Discover: Pond Gardens track and River Plains track
Estimate distance: 3km (Pond Gardens), 3.3km (River Plains)
No matter how mundane your usual track may be, remember that our little red dot has many undiscovered jogging paths waiting to be found! Do share with us which of these parks you like the best, and which are your other favourite parks! Stay tune to Part 2 of Singapore’s Jogging Paths.
Source of photos and maps: Google Maps