All around the island, there are numerous Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) sites. Some may be easier to get to than others, and thanks to our well-connected MRT lines, getting closer to water is now easier than before! Let’s explore the ABCs around you!
Everyone is going gaga over the new Downtown Line (DTL) and so are we! One of the new stops along the DTL2 is Rochor. Nearby this station, you can find the newly revitalised Rochor Canal which has been transformed into a vibrant waterway that integrates seamlessly with the nearby residential and commercial developments. A key highlight of the makeover is the urban promenade that runs along the river and reconstructed bridges, enhancing connectivity to the surrounding enclaves and the Rochor MRT station. The Gateway Plaza is also a great focal point for the community, with lookout decks bring people closer to water.
Technically for now, Bayfront station is the nearest MRT station to Marina Barrage, but come 2021, that is set to change with the opening of the Gardens by the Bay MRT station along the new Thomson-East Coast Line. I can’t wait for this to happen! Marina Barrage is a great place to go during the weekends to enjoy the cool sea breeze and beautiful sunset views of the Singapore skyline. The vast Green Roof is also perfect for picnics and kite-flying. And did you know Marina Barrage is not just recreational space, it also contributes to our water supply and control floods!
Dakota Station on the Circle Line is close to a 850-metre stretch of the Geylang River which was revitalised under the ABC Waters Programme in 2014. It’s interesting to see how elements of a Malay Water Village concept has been weaved in to the architecture and landscaping design of this site to reflect the rich heritage of the area. For example, the shelters and railings look like a ‘kelong’ with their stylised stilts and the gazebo elevated over the waters is reminiscent of ‘Pondok’ (a rustic-style pavilion inspired by the vernacular Malay-style structure for gathering and rest). It’s not all beauty and aesthetics here though. On a functional note, the canal from Dunman Road to Guillemard Road has been deepened and widened as part of drainage improvement for better flood protection.
A short walk from either Lakeside and Chinese Garden MRT stations will get you to Jurong Lake, the blue jewel of the West. Designed as a water playground for families, residents staying nearby can enjoy recreational features on the western and northern banks of the lake. There is a boardwalk for people to enjoy views of the lake, and wetlands which keep the waters clean and attract wildlife such as fish and birds. Kayaking and dragon boating can also be enjoyed all year round on the lake.
Hop off at Redhill MRT to explore the upper reaches of the Singapore River which begins at Alexandra Canal. The 1.2 km canal, which stretches from Tanglin Road to Delta Road, is an attractive open waterway with softened banks that seamlessly integrates with adjacent developments. A short stretch of the open waterway has also been decked over to create an interesting water cascade, while wetlands help to cleanse the water and provide an excellent opportunity for outdoor learning.
And as an additional bonus….(it’s not an ABC Waters site, but it’s connected to one!)
The 3.2km Singapore River starts from Alexandra Canal and courses through the heart of the city along Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and Robertson Quay until it reaches the sea. There’s no excuse not to visit this iconic Singapore attraction as it is easily accessible by not one, but two MRT stations: Raffles Place and Clarke Quay. Regardless of which station you start your journey from, take a stroll along the banks of the Singapore River to enjoy Singapore’s the sights of the historical, entertainment and financial district. Along the way, do take a second to reflect on the remarkable transformation of Singapore River from a severely polluted dump to what it is today!