Kallang River waterfront rejuvenated with lookout decks, open plaza

Residents at the lookout deck along ABC Waters @ Kallang River, in Potong Pasir, on July 12, 2015.
Residents at the lookout deck along ABC Waters @ Kallang River, in Potong Pasir, on July 12, 2015. PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
The 400 metre stretch of Kallang River in Potong Pasir that was upgraded under PUB's Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme was officially opened on July 12, 2015.
The 400 metre stretch of Kallang River in Potong Pasir that was upgraded under PUB's Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme was officially opened on July 12, 2015.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
A rain garden that collects and treats rainwater runoff using specially selected plants and a filter media (soil layer) before it is discharged into the river, along ABC Waters @ Kallang River.
A rain garden that collects and treats rainwater runoff using specially selected plants and a filter media (soil layer) before it is discharged into the river, along ABC Waters @ Kallang River. PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE- Residents staying at Potong Pasir can look forward to a new and improved waterfront near their homes complete with lookout decks and a plaza for community events.

The 400m stretch of waterway along the Kallang River was officially opened on Sunday by the advisor for Potong Pasir SMC, Mr Sitoh Yih Pin. The project was completed after about 1½ years, under national water agency PUB's Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) programme, which aims to spruce up water bodies here. 

Under the $7 million project, plants were grown on the banks of the river, and four lookout decks with timber seating were built to give residents a closer view of the waterfront. A new open plaza, which can accommodate about 750 people for community events and outdoor classroom learning, has also been built.

Madam Irene Ong, 62, who has been living in the estate for more than 20 years, said: "Now I can see the water is very clean, and the scenery, with different types of plants and flowers, really makes people want to come down to have a look."

Last month, students from St Andrew's Secondary School had also helped to plant rain gardens along the waterway. Rain gardens treat rainwater runoff using specially-selected plants, for instance, before it is discharged into the river.

The school has been conducting clean-ups and projects along Kallang River since 2005.

Mr Tan Nguan Sen, PUB's Chief Sustainability Officer, said that he is heartened to receive the support of schools, residents and community groups who helped to shape this project and enhance the vibrancy of this community space.

"Under the ABC Waters Programme, we endeavour to revitalise pockets of blue spaces along Kallang River,the longest river in Singapore serving a large catchment area that includes estates like Toa Payoh, Bishan and Potong Pasir," said Mr Tan. "Together with our partners, I hope everyone can take ownership of our waters and play an active role in keeping them clean and free of litter."