Woodlands Waterfront is here - how to get there?

The above map of the Woodlands Waterfront is from URA website. With the latest news that today marks the completion of the Woodlands Waterfront, it is however a pity that it's not that easy to find out how to go there. The above map, notwithstanding.

From this blog entry, "Woodlands Waterfront", though, it mentions one can take a bus (SMRT bus no. 856) from Woodlands Bus Interchange & after 11 bus stops, one will get to the destination ("less than 50 meters from that bust stop").

Stay tuned for exclusive photos of this Woodlands Waterfront. Coming soon! (Well, maybe...) - Photos Part 1

Residents in northern Singapore can now enjoy a spanking new recreational destination with the completion of the Woodlands Waterfront.

The Woodlands Waterfront boasts a scenic nine-hectare coastal park and a 1.5km-long waterfront promenade.

Visitors can also enjoy a scenic view of the entire coastal park and the Straits of Johor from high vantage points along the newly opened trail.

The park is furnished with rest shelters and dedicated jogging and cycling tracks.

A 700m-long cantilevered waterfront promenade, which was open to the public last November, also brings visitors closer to the coastline.

Once a warehouse site, the Woodlands Waterfront was officially opened on Sunday by MP for Sembawang GRC and Minister for Health, Khaw Boon Wan.

The S$19m project took about two years to build. About three hectares were opened to the public when the first phase of the waterfront was completed last May.

Sembawang GRC resident, Hamidah Salleh, said: "We came here a few times during the night. It's very alive and vibrant at night itself. You don't expect that at 11 and 12 o'clock (at night), there's still a lot of people here....barbecuing, fishing and playing around. It's quite fun, I like the atmosphere."

Madam Hamidah said another feature of the park she likes is the multi-generational playground.

"The playground is suitable for all ages, even for the elderly. There's a lot of exercise equipment they can use to do a bit of movement. So I think you can bring grandma, grandpa, little children (here). Everybody can enjoy here. I think that's what I like about this place."

Woodlands Waterfront also features a spacious carpark, with more than 100 parking lots.

From Channel NewsAsia, "Scenic Woodlands Waterfront unveiled".

The newly completed Woodlands Waterfront will be yet another recreational choice for residents, said Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

He was speaking at the Sembawang GRC Residents' Day and completion ceremony for the Woodlands Waterfront.

Woodlands Waterfront will be one of the latest recreational and leisure choices for residents in the Northern region, which also includes Admiralty Park and the Northern Explorer Park Connector Network.

The park includes the "Scenic Trail" that lets visitors have a bird's eye view of the park and also look across the Straits of Johor.

A 700-metre stretch of cantilevered promenade with fitness areas and look-out points is also included in the 9-hectare park. There is also a 1.5km long waterfront promenade and jetty for visitors to take in the sea view, as well as a multi-generational playground and fitness corner for families and people of all ages.

The idea for a coastal park and promenade at Woodlands was first suggested by the Urban Redevelopment Authority in 2002 and later incorporated into the URA's Park and Waterbodies Plan.

Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer of URA, said the park was part of URA's aim to enhance the quality of Singapore's living environment and make it a good city to work and play in.

"At the back of our minds, we have always planned with the aim to offer unique leisure options to all Singaporeans when carrying out environmental improvement projects like the Woodlands Waterfront," he said.

The location was chosen for its popularity with residents, who use it for their jogging, walking and cycling routes.

From Asiaone, "Woodlands Waterfront another recreational choice for residents".

The Woodlands Waterfront project is part of the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Parks and Waterbodies Plan, which seeks to enhance Singapore's green spaces and waterbodies on an island-wide basis. The project is under URA’s ALivE, or Active, Liveable and Endearing Communities programme, which upgrades waterfront areas, enhance community areas and improve amenities in these places. The proposal for this project was first featured during the Woodlands Improvement Plan exhibition in 2002 and again under the Leisure Plan of the draft Master Plan exhibition in 2008.

Seeking to create new recreational destinations for the residents of Woodlands and other nearby residential estates, a new 1.5 km long waterfront promenade will be created along this little known stretch of serene and tranquil coastline. In addition, a 9ha site, which is not needed for development in the next 10 to 15 years, will be fully developed into a coastal park by the end of 2010.

The project is developed in two Phases. Phase 1 consists of a 200m long waterfront promenade connected to a 400m long refurbished jetty, waterfront picnic areas, event plaza, and an amenity building with a roof top look-out point. Phase 2 will offer an additional 1.3km long waterfront promenade with fitness stations and lookout points, and a park scheduled to be ready by end 2010.

The Woodlands Waterfront will also form part of the comprehensive network of parks and park connectors in the area and is intended to provide connectivity for the residents to the waterfront for recreational purposes. With its completion, more of the northern waterfront will be accessible for public enjoyment. It will also be linked to the recently completed Admiralty Park and the park connector along Woodlands Centre Road and Admiralty Road West in the future.

From URA, "Woodlands Waterfront".


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