Bishan Park is one of the most popular parks in the heartlands of Singapore. As part of a much-needed park upgrade and plans to improve the capacity of the Kallang channel along the edge of the park, works were carried out simultaneously to transform the utilitarian concrete channel into a naturalized river, creating new spaces for the community to enjoy. The project is part of the Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters Programme (ABC Waters), a long-term initiative to transform the country’s water bodies beyond their functions of drainage and water supply, into vibrant, new spaces for community bonding and recreation.
At Bishan Park, a 2.7 km straight concrete drainage channel has been converted into a sinuous, 3.2 km long natural river, that meanders through the park. Sixty-two hectares of park space has been tastefully redesigned to accommodate the dynamic process of a river system which includes fluctuating water levels, while providing maximum benefit for park users. Three playgrounds, restaurants, a new vantage point constructed using the recycled walls of the old concrete channel, and plenty of open green spaces complement the natural wonder of an ecologically restored river in the heartlands of the city. This is a place to take your shoes off, and get closer to water and nature.
- 2016 ASLA Professional Award
- 2015 WEF Storm TV, Programs & Projects
- 2013 LIAS Awards of Excellence Silver, Playground & Amenities
- 2012 President's Design Award
- 2012 Singapore Design Award, Adventure Playground
- 2012 WAF Landscape of the Year
- 2012 WAN Engineering Award Long list
- 2012 Finalist LivCom Liveable Communities, category: Natural Project