May 10, 2011

Punggol Park Connector - from Buangkok to Punggol

The Route


This walk was supposed to take us from the junction of Yio Chu Kang Road and Buangkok Green to Punggol Point along the Punggol Park Connector by the Punggol Reservoir. It was curtailed due to a thunderstorm when we were near the Punggol Marina

The first point of interest was Kampong Buangkok the only surviving kampong in Singapore. It was occasionally flood-prone during the rainy season. All the houses were neatly kept with colourful paintwork and traditional furniture and fittings. Some footpaths were paved with stone slabs to ease walking around the compound especially when  raining. Plants were grown around the houses giving them a cool and cosy feel. The inhabitants were friendly and welcomed us.

A kampong house by the road

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About less than 200m outside the kampong we came across a drain flowing into the reservoir. Upon following the drain upstream we came to Lorong Buangkok. The old kampong trail was left abandoned with trees growing well here

Abandoned Lorong Buangkok


Mid-way along the park connector was the Sengkang Riverside Park and the Floating Wetland (besides the Sengkang Sports Complex). Fruit trees of various types (such as starfruits, bananas, pineapple plants, lychee, mango, pomelo) were planted in the park. Flowering plants were planted on the wetland and have already attracted various types of butterflies and birds - a sign of a good ecological balance.

Sengkang Floating Wetland


The new park connector was almost complete between Buangkok and Punggol except for a small stretch to be finished in a few months just before the Punggol Marina at the western end of the Punggol Waterway.

Punggol Park Connector Under Construction


Our walk terminated at Nibong LRT station where we took shelter from the thunderstorm

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