'Central Park' coming up


SINGAPORE will soon have its own “Central Park”, complete with boardwalks, hiking trails, a canopy walkway and an observation tower. 

These facilities are to be built by next year in the central catchment area, which stretches between the Upper Seletar and MacRitchie reservoir parks, said the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Wednesday. 

Four waterfront parks and five urban parks are also planned, and six existing parks are to be extended, providing an additional 1,000ha of greenery.  

These are part of the URA's programme over the next 15 years. 

The moves received the backing last November from three groups that had been set up to study the URA's proposals on enhancing identity and creating more greenery in Singapore.  

Most of their recommendations have been accepted and the URA has started work on some projects. It plans, for example, to complete a wilderness park in Coney Island.  

People who like dining outdoors can also look forward to more alfresco dining facilities in Coronation Road and Thomson Village, for instance. 

Government-owned black-and-white bungalows in Morse Road, Alexandra Park, Mount Faber and Bukit Chermin are to be let out for commercial uses. – The Straits Time/Asia News Network  

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