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New deck, lawn at East Coast Park opens

New deck, lawn at East Coast Park opens
Located at the end of the Siglap Canal, the new facilities can accommodate standing capacity for 1,250 people. Photo: The Public Utilities Board
Published: 3:45 PM, March 18, 2017

SINGAPORE — A new lawn and lookout deck in East Coast Park now offers East Coast residents additional space for recreational activities.

Located at the end of the Siglap Canal, the new facilities can accommodate standing capacity for 1,250 people. The enhancements were carried out under the Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme by the Public Utilities Board (PUB), in tandem with the drainage upgrading for a 230m section of the Siglap Canal to the sea.

Improving the user experience was a consideration during the enhancement, with the cycling and footpaths realigned to connect to East Coast Park, the PUB announced in a press release on Saturday (March 18).

"ABC Waters @ Siglap Canal is an example of innovative use of space at our canals so that vibrant community focal points can be created for communities to gather and bond by the waters," said PUB's Chief Sustainability Officer, Mr Tan Nguan Sen.

This is the latest ABC Waters project at the downstream 230m section of the 3.2km-long Siglap Canal - from East Coast Parkway to the sea - and comes after two earlier projects to upgrade the upstream section.

In 2015, an upstream section of the Siglap Canal near the Kampong Kembangan Community Club (CC) was decked over to create an activity plaza for various community activities. Besides installing an upgraded covered linkway to provide connectivity options for nearby residents, upgrading works were also done at Telok Kurau Primary School to enable outdoor learning experiences for its students.

The new deck and lawn will be officially opened on Saturday evening by Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC Mr Edwin Tong.

As part of the opening ceremony, a mass yoga workout will be conducted. More than 500 people are also expected to turn up at the new hangout, where there will also be contemporary Malay-themed dance performances, organised by the National Arts Council in collaboration with People's Association.