A joint collaboration between national water agency PUB and the National Parks Board, the Kallang River-Bishan Park ABC Waters Project was designed with a holistic sustainable approach in mind, and with the concept of integrating the park with the river.
One of the main features of the redevelopment is the restoration of the concrete canal into a naturalized river with bio-engineered river edges using a variety of plants and bedding materials. This project is the first of its kind in Singapore, and the integration of the river with the park aims to make the waterway more accessible to the public while creating more spaces for the public to enjoy.
The naturalized river will meander through the park and bring park users closer to the water, so they can enjoy it while appreciating the importance of clean water. The river is designed based on a flood plain concept whereby during dry weather, the river flow will be confined to a narrow stream in the middle of the river. The gently sloped river banks will form part of the park features, and park users will be able to walk along the water’s edge. In the event of a storm, the water level in the river will rise and the area adjacent to the river will be used as a flood plain to contain the rainwater.
The new Bishan Park will be home to diverse wildlife, with existing water bodies in the park playing an important role in promoting growth. These ponds will be developed into water features with soft, gradual edges, and integrated seamlessly with the river.
In addition, a water playground will be constructed as part of the redevelopment, allowing children to have fun with water and appreciate its qualities and value. Through these interactions with water, it is envisioned that the redevelopment of the park will both engage the public and foster a sense of communal ownership and appreciation for our water resources.