Trail runners, hikers and anyone who like to explore the nature in Singapore will have one more route on their recreation menu.
The 36km Coast-to-Coast Trail, which stretches from Jurong Lake Gardens in the west to Coney Island Park in the north-east, was officially launched on Saturday (30 March) by NParks, linking parks like Bukit Batok Nature Park, Botanic Gardens and MacRitchie Reservoir Park in one continuous route.
The trail runs from Jurong Lake Garden in the west to Coney Island Park in the northeast, and passes through 18 parks and 11 park connectors.
The Coast-to-Coast Trail connects parks and nature areas through footpaths at various areas, but these will progressively be replaced by park connectors.
NParks has also split the route into 10 distinct checkpoints for easier navigation.
The checkpoints are:
- Jurong Lake Gardens
- Bukit Batok Nature Park
- Hindhede Drive
- Adam Road
- Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
- Luxus Hills Park
- Sengkang Floating Wetland
- Punggol Waterway Park
- Coney Island Park
- Lower Seletar Reservoir
A park at Rower’s Bay in Lower Seletar Reservoir was also launched, forming part of the first 60km phase to be completed for the 150km Round Island Route park connector, which is set to be finished by 2035.
By the end of this year, a new 1.5km park connector next to Rower’s Bay will also be completed.
The public will be able to enjoy a 60km route between Rower’s Bay and Gardens by the Bay, via Sengkang, Punggol, Pasir Ris, Changi and East Coast Park when Seletar Aerospace Park and Sengkang Riverside Park are connected.
By 2021, another 60km of paths between Gardens by the Bay and Rower’s Bay, part of which runs along the Rail Corridor, will be connected, making a loop of 120km.
The park connector network has grown over the years to over 300km and it will be increased to 400km by 2030. Now you will have a chance to explore the whole of Singapore by foot.
For the full guide to NParks Coast-to-Coast trail, click here to view.
Featured Photo Credit: NParks