Woodlands waterfront was launched on Sunday May 23 2010 a new leisure destination in the north and unveiled yesterday by Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan.
Visitors will be treated to the sight of rolling greenery and a panoramic view of Johor Baru’s skyline, while enjoying the sea breeze.
The playgroud with unique two storey high bridges made of meshed rope, called a “skywald” and a stationary skating system which even adults can use. Although only one-third of the park area has been opened, the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) said the main features are already in place.
The Woodlands Waterfront will also add on to 1.5km of the 150km-Round Island Route, which allows seamless strolling, jogging or cycling around Singapore. Vistors can enjoy a view of Johor Baru from a lookout point in the park and participate in community activities at the event plaza.
When fully completed, the remaining six hectares will include a Cantilevered Promenade, nature area, trails and green spaces and the Woodlands Waterfront will be linked to the nearby Admiralty Park and the park connector along Woodlands Centre Road and Admiralty West, which by 2015.
A waterfront attraction for multi-generational bonding
Once a laid-back coastal area occupied by warehouses, the area now offers a variety of recreational opportunities for people of all ages that is conducive for multi-generational bonding. Residents in the north can wind down after a hard day’s work and enjoy a stroll along the waterfront promenade to take in the beautiful sea view, or have a picnic by the lush green park beside the promenade. Fitness buffs can jog along the refurbished jetty and catch spectacular view of the sunrise; or simply enjoy some bonding time with family during the sunset hours.
A breezy stroll at the jetty
Overlooking the Straits of Johor, the refurbished jetty is one of the longest in Singapore, measuring about 400m long and about 12m wide. It can accommodate a wide range of activities such as roller blading, sports activities such as jogging, and various community events such as bazaars. An old shed with a pulley system along the jetty has been converted into a sheltered rest point, giving visitors a glimpse into the past when it was a working jetty.
An event plaza for mass activities
Adjacent to the jetty by the sea is an event plaza. Large-scale community events, such as mass exercise, line dancing or cultural performances can be held at the plaza. From the lookout point at the rooftop of the amenity building by the plaza, visitors can soak in the panoramic views of the waterfront across the Straits of Johor.
A playground that bonds the community
The playground is equipped with various facilities and fitness equipment for residents of all age groups to interact, and is conducive for inter-generational bonding. The adventurous and the young-at-heart will be fascinated by the two-storey high Sky Walk, an attraction that is the first of its kind in Singapore. Adventurous visitors can enjoy this self-contained ‘meshed bridge’ system, crawling from one tree pod to another.
Phase 2 of Woodlands Waterfront will be completed and opened in the second half of the year. When fully completed, the entire Woodlands Waterfront will be a 1.5km long waterfront promenade, which includes a 9-hectare coastal park to support a variety of recreational activities and community events. It will also be linked to Admiralty Park and the park connector along Woodlands Centre Road and Admiralty Road West in future.
Getting to Woodlands Waterfront
Location of Woodlands Waterfront lies slightly north to the junction of Admiralty Road and Admiralty Road West. Members of the public can take bus service 856 which stops at Admiralty Road and walk the remaining distance to the coastal promenade and park, or drive and park at the Woodlands Waterfront carpark.