New 26km loop connects parks in Sengkang and Punggol

The Sengkang Riverside Park is one of the four parks linked by the newly opened North Eastern Riverine Loop.

SINGAPORE - A new 26km nature loop which links up four parks in Sengkang and Punggol was officially opened today.

The North Eastern Riverine Loop will encompass the towns of Buangkok, Punggol, Hougang and Sengkang and offer residents new commuting and recreational possibilities.

Its park connectors will link up Sengkang Riverside Park, Punggol Park, Punggol Waterway Park and Punggol Point Park.

The loop promises breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline of northeast Singapore, with 80 per cent of it running along the waterways of Sungei Pinang, Sungei Punggol and Sungei Serangoon.

Nature lovers can also look forward to the rich biodiversity found at the park connectors, such as water birds like the Grey Heron or the White-throated Kingfisher.

During the launch on Saturday morning, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean also announced plans to develop a Round Island Route (RIR) in Singapore.

 "With a length of about 150 km, or more than three times the length of Singapore, the Round Island Route will connect more than 3.5 million residents along the route to become a recreational destination on a national scale," Mr Teo said.

In the next few months, NParks will be organising exhibitions around Singapore for the
public to give their views on RIR.

The public is also welcomed to give their ideas and suggestions online at www.nparks.gov.sg/ciag

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