Community deck, rain garden as part of makeover for Siglap Canal

Community deck, rain garden as part of makeover for Siglap Canal
Artist impression of proposed Activities Plaza

The 3.2km Siglap Canal runs between Bedok Reservoir Road and the sea, passing through estates such Kembangan, Telok Kurau and Marine Parade. PUB will deck over a 150m section of the canal next to Kampong Kembangan Community Club, providing a plaza where line dancing and Taiji can be carried out.


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Here is the full press release from PUB:

Community bonding by the waterway for residents in the East Siglap Canal to undergo a makeover under the ABC Waters programme

SINGAPORE - A community deck to improve accessibility, additional seating spaces and greenery, as well as a rain garden to improve water quality - these are some of the enhancements residents can look forward to when Siglap Canal undergoes a makeover under the PUB's Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme.

Guest-of-Honour Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin and Adviser for Marine Parade GRC officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony for the project this evening.

The 3.2km Siglap Canal runs between Bedok Reservoir Road and the sea and passes through estates like Kembangan, Telok Kurau and Marine Parade.

At a 150-metre section next to the Kampong Kembangan Community Club, PUB will deck over the canal to improve residents' access to the community club, providing a plaza where community activities such as line dancing and Taiji can be carried out. ABC Waters design features such as a rain garden will also be incorporated to treat stormwater runoff before it is discharged into the waterway, thereby improving water quality in the canal while beautifying the surrounding landscape and enhancing biodiversity.

Further upstream, PUB is also partnering Telok Kurau Primary School to introduce ABC Waters design features like a rain garden and a roof garden, as well as a detention tank within the school compound. Rain gardens and roof gardens serve to cleanse stormwater runoff before it is discharged into the waterway, while the detention tank slows down surface runoff and reduce the peak flow of stormwater into the public drainage system.

This project creates an outdoor learning experience for the students as they gain deeper understanding on how a holistic stormwater design concept can be incorporated into developments.

Mr Tan Nguan Sen, PUB's Director of Catchment and Waterways, said, "Siglap Canal is set to be revitalised under the ABC Waters programme. Through the projects at Kampong Kembangan Community Club and Telok Kurau Primary School, we hope to enhance the quality of the living environment, promote community bonding and bring residents and students closer to the waters so that they can better appreciate and cherish this resource." Both projects will complete by end 2015.

The ABC Waters Programme by national water agency PUB was launched in April 2006 to transform Singapore's water bodies beyond their utilitarian purpose into beautiful and clean streams, rivers and lakes, creating a vibrant City of Gardens and Water. Over 100 potential locations have been identified for implementation over the next 20 years. As of September 2013, 22 projects have been completed, with an additional 21 ABC Waters certified projects completed by other public agencies and private developers. Going forward, at least 20 projects will commence in the next five years.

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