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New Family-friendly Parks And Nature Spots That Opened In 2021



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Known as a green-city, Singapore is home to many parks and nature spots. Here's a list of newly opened green venues for your next family outdoor fun! 

Heading out to a park or going on an outdoor hike is a favourite activity of many families. If you are looking for new outdoor venues, here's a list of new parks and nature spots that have opened up this year for your next outdoor adventure! 

1. Bukit Gombak Park - Butterfly Garden

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VenueAlong Bukit Batok West Avenue 5, opposite Bukit Batok Driving Centre
Lighting Hours7:00 pm to 7:00 am
Admission: Free

Located on a hill, Bukit Gombak Park provides the surrounding families with a venue to enjoy nature, have some outdoor fun and be closer to nature. Families can visit the Butterfly Park to come up close to over 20 species of butterflies, play at the outdoor playground or even visit Bukit Gombak's first Dog Run! There's also a cafe at the park to satisfy the little hungry tummies!

There are 3 access points for visitors to access the park, this includes the main entrance at Bukit Batok West Avenue 5, nearby to Block 394 and another from Pavilion Park. 

2. KingFisher Wetlands

Photo Credits: NParks

Venue: Gardens by the Bay, next to Satay by the Bay
Opening Hours: 5 am - 2 am
Admission: Free

Adding to the list of attractions at the Gardens by the Bay, the Kingfisher Wetlands is a 15,000 square meter freshwater sanctuary that opens your eyes to a flourishing diversity of exotic flora and fauna. It is home to over 200 native mangrove trees as well as water-features to support the natural environment and for great photos to be taken!

Located next to Satay by the Bay, the wetlands allows for families to enjoy a leisure stroll after a hearty meal! 

3. Jurong Lake Garden Butterfly Maze

Venue: Jurong Lake Garden
Admission: Free

Located at Jurong Lake Gardens (next to Forest Ramble), the Butterfly Maze includes a series of paths that weave between and over mounds and is set within an undulating landscape filled with butterflies. This little maze allows children to explore and experience the maze while interacting closely with nature and learning about the lifecycle of butterflies through various signs around. 

4. ABC Waters At Jurong Lake

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Venue: Northern Shore of Jurong Lake, Jurong Lake Gardens
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Admission: Free

The ABC Waters (Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters) programme started in 2006 to improve the quality of water and life by harnessing the full potential of our waterbodies.​​ The latest to open is the ABC Waters at Jurong Lake where families can enjoy a picturesque view of the lake from the boardwalk. At 3,850 square meters, this is Singapore's largest man-made floating wetlands where you can get to admire the flora and fauna as well as the various water activities y Passion Wave @ Jurong Lake Gardens

5. Rail Corridor Central - New Entry Points

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Location: 8 Access Points, including via the dirt path a beside KAP Mall
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Admission: FREE

The Railway Corridor Central might not be new, but it is now a highly accessible stretch with eight new entry points that opened his year!

The popular hiking stretch is anchored at each end by the Hillview and King Albert park Downtown Line MRT stations. Within this stretch you will find the Bukit Timah Railway Station and 2 steel truss railway bridges. It's proximity to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve makes it home to a variety of flora and fauna that families can discover too!  

Check out the image above for the 8 access points to conveniently access the trail.

6. COMO Adventure Cove @ Gallop Extension

Venue: Gallop Extension, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Opening Hours: 7 am - 7 pm
Admission: Free

A nature playgarden, COMO Adventure Grove is set within nature for children to interact with nature through play and exploration! Located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the playgarden draws inspiration from the trees surrounding the garden and its structures recreates the experience of tree-climbing and "monkeying" around!

It is definitely not one of the largest playground around but it's unique design offers the little ones with many different ways to play and experience nature at the same time! 

7. MacRitchie TreeTop Walk

Photo Credits: NParks

Venue: MacRitchie 
Opening Hours

  • Weekdays: 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Weekends and Public Holidays: 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Closed on Mondays (except Public Holidays) Last entry at 4:45pm

Admission: Free

Closed for over a year for maintenance, the MacRitchie TreeTop Walk reopened this year to the excitement of families and avid hikers! This 250m free-standing suspension bridge is the first of its kind in Singapore and in the region. Families going through the trail will get a bird's eye view of the community of plants and animals that live in the forest canopy.

The bridge connects the two highest points (Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang) in MacRitchie and at its highest point, it is 25 m above the forest floor. Before your rush out, do note that to get to the MacRitchie TreeTop Walk, you will have to walk for about 4.5 km (approx. 2hrs) from MacRitchie Reservoir Park or 2.5 km (approx. 1.5 hr walk) from the entrance of Windsor Nature Park.

9. Bukit Batok Neighbourhood Park

Location: Bukit Batok Neighbourhood Park, along Bukit Batok Central Road
Date: Daily
Admission: Free

The Bukit Batok Neighbourhood Park opened in Apr this year and it features a new playground with 2 play areas, one for the younger kids and another for the older ones. Many kids will be drawn to the multi-layered playground that features a tall climbing structure across multiple floors, 2 tube slides and a rope obstacle for kids to climb through!

The park also features a platform at the top of the summit and elevated boardwalk where you can take a nice stroll around the park while enjoying the neighbourhood!

10. Yishun Neighbourhood N8 Park

Venue: Between Blocks 809 and 810 Yishun Ring Road and HomeTeamNS Khatib
Admission: Free

While not a new park, the Yishun Neighbourhood N8 Park received a very exciting addition earlier this year! A new playground featuring colourful "houses" on stilts was opened to compliment the parks existing playground and facilities. The new playground allowed children to climb up and navigate across houses on stilts. There are houses on different heights for kids of different ages to conquer. 

At the park, you will also find a football pitch and community garden too. Yishun Neighbourhood N8 Park is located between HomeTeamNS Khatib and the Blocks 810 and 809 Yishun Ring Road.

 


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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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