SINGAPORE — The National Parks Board (NParks) marked 25 years of the birth of its Park Connector Network (PCN) with the launch yesterday (Sept 20) of the new Central Urban Loop at the Pelton Park Connector.
The latest loop gives visitors easier access to popular spots such as Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Punggol Waterway Park. The Hougang Ave 3 Park Connector also provides a direct link to the North-Eastern Riverine Loop for Hougang and Macpherson residents, and to the Eastern Coastal Loop for Punggol residents. This will benefit Punggol executive condominium residents such as those from The Terrace EC and Waterwoods EC.
The 36-kilometre loop was completed after the addition of the 4.4-km Hougang Ave 3 Park Connector this month, and is the fifth loop in NParks’ plan to have seven PCN loops.
In a blog post, Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said that in the next three years, an additional 30km of park connectors will be completed in Ang Mo Kio, Lorong Halus, and Ulu Pandan.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority is now working with consultants to minimise several obstacles along the Kallang Park Connector, such as overhead bridges, which requires cyclists to dismount and push their bicycles.
While bicycle gutters have been added, older visitors might find the process challenging. Visitors can, however, use alternative routes along the loop for a smoother journey to their destination. “Our park connectors have become well-loved green spaces. Volunteers have organised guided rides and cycle-in movies to liven up the PCN,” Mr Khaw noted.
NParks has now hit its goal of 300km of Park Connectors five years ahead of time. It aims to reach the next target of 360 km by 2020 as part of the Government’s Land Transport Masterplan, which foresees a 700-km PCN by 2030. NParks has also begun plans for an Island-wide Loop that snakes along the coast of Singapore in the near future.