Monday, 28 September 2015

Singapore Hougang Ave 3 park connector - September 2015 (updated)

Serangoon park connector is just a stone's throw away from Hougang Ave 3 park connector

New Hougang Ave 3 park connector starts between Defu Ave 1 & Tampines Rd

Entry /exit to Hougang Ave 3 park connector

To Jalan Pelikat and Balam park connectors

Lorong Ah Soo

To continue to Balam park connector

Only some parts of the walkway were expanded

using existing walkway

[Alternative way to Paya Lebar park connector]

Bartley Road East highway

new track is now in use

New track is now in use

new track is now in use

New track turning to Airport Rd

New track parallel to Airport Rd

Old and new tracks

Walkway expanded for PCN, Airport Rd on the right

Junction of Paya Lebar, Upp Paya Lebar, Airport Rd and MacPherson Rd. Balam park connector is diagonally across the junction. Paya Lebar park connector is on the right (see below)

Paya Lebar park connector

Paya Lebar park connector is between Airport and Upp Paya Lebar roads. It ends at Kim Chuan Rd , just in front of SMRT Kim Chuan depot

Nearest park and park connector:
2) Paya Lebar park connector

Monday, 21 September 2015

Singapore park connectors reach 300km at 25-year mark

The Straits Times, 21 Sep 2015
Zhaki Abdullah

SINGAPORE - In 1992, then Minister for National Development S. Dhanabalan planted a tembusu tree at Kallang Park Connector to mark the birth of the Park Connector Network.

Yesterday, the length of these connectors in Singapore reached 300km, with the launch of the Central Urban Loop.

In a blog post yesterday (Sept 20), National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said: "Our park connectors have become well-loved green spaces." He added that it is heartening that the community has developed a strong sense of ownership towards them.

Residents in Hougang will now be able to cycle directly to Punggol and Kallang, thanks to the completion of the new Hougang Avenue 3 Park Connector.

Construction of the 4.3km park route began last year and it completes the 36km Central Urban Loop, the fifth loop in the Park Connector Network (PCN).

It links the existing North Eastern Riverine and Eastern Coastal loops, allowing residents in Ang Mo Kio, Hougang and Serangoon improved access to attractions such as the East Coast and Punggol Waterway parks.

"I'm interested in exploring the new Central Urban Loop," said Sengkang resident Woon Wai Meng, 38. The media engineer, who is an avid cyclist, added that he looks forward to more of the park connectors being linked together across the island.

Another two loops, the Southern Ridges and Central Nature, are currently in the planning stages.

Also in the works is the Round Island Route, which will circle around Singapore and link up with the other PCN loops.

In his blog post, Mr Khaw said that in the next three years, another 30km of park connectors will be completed in Ang Mo Kio, Lorong Halus and Ulu Pandan.

The PCN has expanded from a 5km stretch linking Bishan Park to Braddell Road in 1992 to a 300km network connecting parks, nature sites and housing estates around the island.

The National Parks Board (NParks) works together with other agencies, including town councils and the Land Transport Authority, to improve the PCN experience for users, such as by integrating park connectors with existing facilities like exercise areas and playgrounds and improving accessibility for cyclists.

The network is expected to expand to 360km by 2020.

The opening of the Central Urban Loop coincides with the 25th anniversary of the conception of the PCN in 1990.

NParks marked the occasion with an event held yesterday afternoon at the MacPherson Community Club.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Mr Dhanabalan were in attendance. Also present was Japanese landscape architect Junichi Inada, who conceptualised the park connectors in 1987 while working at NParks.

He presented his idea in a report, which was later picked up by the late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Mr Inada said: "My concept has been realised. I am very honoured, and I am most happy that people are using the PCN."

Mr Kenneth Er, NParks' chief executive, said: "The park connectors are the green veins of our city in a garden, connecting our communities to our parks and providing myriad recreational options for many."

Park Connectors:

Friday, 11 September 2015

Singapore Serangoon park connector March 2013 - updated with Hougang Ave 7 track

Serangoon park connector
entrance / exit to park connector

Entrance / exit starts from the junction of Buangkok Green and Buangkok Drive

View of Serangoon park connector

Serangoon Fire Station

side entrance to Punggol Park (link)

Sungei Pinang 

Upper Serangoon Road
Routes to choose

1) To Hougang Ave 7 

Hougang CapeView

Sungei Serangoon

Sungei Serangoon

End of Serangoon park connector

End of Hougang Ave 7, Hougang Ave 3 park connector is just in front

Across the road is Hougang Ave 3 park connector

2) To Punggol Point

PCN bridge to Punggol Point

Buangkok bridge

park connector under Buangkok Drive

View of Serangoon park connector

Sungei Serangoon park connector

View of Sungei Serangoon park connector

Serangoon reservoir

View of Sungei Serangoon park connector

Tampines expressway

Tampines expressway

Tampines expressway

Sungei Serangoon

Punggol promenade (link)

map.punggol - looped park connector

ST 21 Sept 2015

Nearest park and park connector:
1) Punggol Promenade
2) Punggol Park
3) Buangkok park connector
4) Hougang Ave 3 park connector