[photo: Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean tours the Lorong Halus Wetland.]
A NEW eco-friendly wetland and riverfront promenade was officially opened in the north-east region of Singapore on Saturday morning.
Located within the Punggol New Town, the Lorong Halus Wetland and Riverside Walk of the Punggol Promenade will offer residents a range of commercial, social and recreational facilities.
More than 1,000 brisk walkers turned up at 8am to join in the official opening by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who took a tour of the area.
Found along the eastern bank of the Serangoon Reservoir, the Lorong Halus Wetland occupies a section of the old landfill site, and has been transformed into an educational site and a sanctuary for plants, birds and other wildlife.
Using an innovative bio-remediation system, national water agency PUB designed the Lorong Halus Wetland to collect and treat water passing through the former landfill, preventing it from flowing into Serangoon Reservoir.
A rustic trail has been laid out among the reed beds and the ponds, allowing the public to get up close to the wetland system.
Members of the public and residents from Punggol New Town can easily access the wetland via a pedestrian bridge constructed across Serangoon Reservoir.
The Riverside Walk, located on the western bank of the Serangoon reservoir, is part of the larger 4.9 km long Punggol Promenade which is still undergoing development.
When fully completed at the end of this year, the promenade will provide seamless public access to the entire Punggol waterfront and serve as a corridor to support future waterfront housing.
The promenade is designed with exercise stations, dedicated bicycle and jogging tracks, as well as lookout points that allow visitors to get closer to the water's edge.