Potong Pasir riverside gets makeover

The government has spent around $7 million to transform a 400-metre stretch along Kallang River into a beautiful community space, according to a Channel NewsAsia report.

Among the new changes to the area, which is situated between Potong Pasir Avenue 1 and St Andrew’s Junior College, is the creation of an open plaza capable of accommodating about 750 people.

The authorities also installed new seats and four lookout decks along the riverside where the public can relax and relish the breath-taking scenery.

With the help of students from St Andrew’s Secondary School, rain gardens were also planted along the stretch in June, while swales were dug out and seeded with plants. Both features are intended to improve the quality of rainwater runoff flowing into the river by filtering out sediments.

“If you look at our election manifesto in 2006, 10 years ago, we had a dream to create this ABC Kallang River park that will cater to our residents and will cater to the morning joggers and people who walk in the evening. I’m very happy and proud to say that this dream has now become a reality,” said Potong Pasir MP Sitoh Yih Pin, who unveiled the revamped waterfront.

“The bigger plan is to connect the ABC water project from Upper Pierce all the way to barrage at Marina. Going forward for all of us, we want to continue on what we had begun and complete it, so we hope that residents can give their support,” he added.

The makeover is in line with the Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters programme of the Public Utilities Board (PUB) which aims to turn canals, drains and reservoirs into scenic rivers and lakes that complement the surrounding parks and spaces.

 

Romesh Navaratnarajah, Singapore Editor at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this or other stories email romesh@propertyguru.com.sg

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