I love bringing the monkies outdoors (truth is, being cooped up at home with them drives me crazy but that's another story altogether) and thankfully, they love heading out to explore too. Out of the many places, we love checking out new boardwalks in Singapore. Other than being a FREE activity - which is very important - boardwalks are all relatively easy for the little ones to conquer with most of them being stroller-friendly!
In fact, I had compiled a list of the Top 10 boardwalks in Singapore for families last year and since last month, there is a new boardwalk in town.
Did you know that Pang Sua Pond was built in the 1990s? Its main job is to collect rainwater runoff from the surrounding areas before the water is pumped to the Upper Seletar Reservoir for storage and treatment.
Under PUB's Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme, the pond has been revitalised after a 30-month makeover where the drains, canals and reservoirs have been integrated with the surrounding environment to create beautiful community spaces for all to enjoy.
Now, it is home to Singapore’s second largest floating wetland and boasts a boardwalk across the pond.
And it is beautiful.
Located just a 10-minute walk from the Senja LRT station and beside Senja-Cashew Community Club, the pond features a 480m-long elevated boardwalk suspended at a height up to 7m above water, connecting residents to facilities such as the new 3G Wellness Centre and Bukit Panjang Neighbourhood 5 Park.
More interestingly, Singapore's second-largest man-made floating wetland system (the largest being Sengkang Floating Wetland in Punggol Reservoir) can be found at Pang Sua Pond.
Besides beautifying the surroundings, the wetland plants serve an important purpose which is to help improve water quality in the pond and also create a habitat for dragonflies, birds and fishes.
These plants were chosen for their tolerance to waterlogged conditions, resistance to pest attacks, and nutrient-absorption capacity.
There is also a multi-purpose stage for community events and activities with seating for more than 250 people, viewing decks where users can overlook the entire waterfront, as well as a fitness corner at the 3G Wellness Centre.
It was not all walking over water though. I trekked the circumference of Pang Sua Pond and was pleasantly surprised to find myself in the midst of green vegetation.
If you wish to escape the heat, try visiting Pang Sua Pond at night where the view is equally stunning.
The revamped Pang Sua Pond was officially unveiled on 25 March 2017 by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and as expected, huge crowds of residents thronged the pond for a slice of the action.
There were also plenty of activities for families too, with booths being set up at the Community Centre to educate the public on the importance of conserving water.
Six schools - Teck Whye Primary School, Zhenghua Primary School, Greenridge Primary School, Zhenghua Secondary School, West Spring Primary School and West View Primary School - and Cashew Constituency have also pledged to be adopters of Pang Sua Pond.
If you are living around the area, Pang Sua Pond makes for an awesome place to bring the kiddos for a leisurely walk or jog. Who knows, they may just spot dragonflies and birds at the floating wetlands too!
For more information on the different ABC Waters sites in Singapore, do download the MyWaters app on your Android and iOS mobile phones.
Pang Sua Pond
Located beside Senja-Cashew Community Club
(101 Bukit Panjang Road, Singapore 679910)