River Plains in Urban Parks
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is one of the largest urban parks in central Singapore, covering a full 62 hectares of unique waterways and greenery. Under PUB’s Active, Beautiful and Clean (ABC) Waters programme, PUB and NParks jointly collaborated to deconcretise the old canal. It has been naturalised into a 3km meandering river with lush banks of wildflowers, creating a seamless blue-green recreational network which is well-integrated with nearby residential areas. With open lawns and gently sloping grassy banks along either side of the river, families can have picnics and gatherings while enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of the waterways. The park is also home to a wide array of interesting flora and fauna, making it ideal for nature lovers.
Highlights of the tour
Stepping Stones/Recycle Hill
Made up of concrete slabs salvaged from the old canal, the Recycle Hill provides a good vantage point to view the entire park. Sitting on top of the hill is the award-winning sculpture, An Enclosure for a Swing, created to represent the fusion of nature and design.
The water playground provides an avenue for children to learn about water and the reservoirs through interactive & innovative water play equipment.
This water playground is part of a water recirculation system for Bishan Pond Gardens. Water running through the playground is recycled and treated by the phytoremediation system (the use of living plants to remove impurities from contaminated soil).
The Cleansing Biotope is a series of artificially constructed wetlands consisting of nutrient-poor substrates and plants known for their natural water cleansing properties. These plants assist in removing unwanted elements from the water and also beautify the surroundings. The natural filtration system maintains the quality of the water in the park and the river naturally without the use of chemicals. A portion of the pond water is recycled for use for shallow water play in the Water Playground.