SINGAPORE - The sprucing up of a portion of the Siglap Canal has been completed, the Public Utilities Board (PUB) said in a press release on Saturday.
Located in front of the Kampong Kembangan Community Club, an activity plaza suitable for line dancing and Taiji has been decked over a 150m section of the 3.2m-long canal.
The plaza also comes with a rain garden planted with trees and shrubs such as the sea hibiscus. Nearby, an upgraded walkway provides residents with a sheltered link between the community club and Kembangan MRT station.
Minister for Social and Family Development and Marine Parade GRC MP Tan Chuan-Jin presided over the opening on Saturday afternoon, which falls under PUB's Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) programme.
Mr Tan Nguan Sen, PUB's chief sustainability officer, said: "ABC Waters @ Siglap Canal demonstrates the innovative use of space at our waterways.
"By decking over the canal, we have created additional communal space with pockets of greenery for the community to bond by the waterway, which was previously lacking in this area."
The decking over the canal, which features planter boxes equipped with seats, has been designed to be integrated seamlessly with the future park planned along the park connector.
Besides enhancing the surrounding landscape, the addition of the rain garden helps with the rainwater runoff from the community club and will improve the water quality discharged into the canal.
The Siglap Canal runs between Bedok Reservoir and the sea, and passes through estates like Kembangan, Telok Kurau and Marine Parade.