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A new recreational experience awaits East Coast residents under ABC Waters@Siglap Canalhttp://www.pub.gov.sg/news/pressreleases/AnewrecreationalexperienceawaitsEastCoastresidentsunderABCWatersSiglapCanalA new recreational experience awaits East Coast residents under ABC Waters@Siglap Canal17/3/2017 4:00:00 PM18/3/2017 3:00:00 AMIssue DatePress releaseAbout PUB, Singapore’s National Water AgencyAbout PUB’s ABC Waters ProgrammeFind out more about us<p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US">Imagine doing yoga or listening to a concert by the scenic waters under the azure sky. The newly created lookout deck and open lawn at the end of the Siglap Canal in East Coast Park is where you can do just that and more.  These enhancements were carried out under the Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme<sup>1</sup> by PUB, the national water agency, in tandem with the drainage upgrading for a 230m section of the Siglap Canal (East Coast Parkway to the sea).</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Designed as a conducive open space for community activities with unobstructed views of the waterfront, the lookout deck and the open lawn on top of the canal have a total standing capacity of 1,250 people. These areas are connected to the re-aligned cycling and footpath of the park for improved and barrier-free accessibility, thus providing a better user experience. The blue spaces are also integrated with the surrounding lush greenery, with creepers lining the canal banks, while seven planting nodes with a myriad of plants such as Ash Plant, Beach Morning Glory and White Lilyturf enliven the lookout deck.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">Guest-of-Honour and Adviser to Joo Chiat Grassroots Organisations, Mr Edwin Tong, will officially open the ABC Waters @ Siglap Canal (East Coast Parkway to the sea) this evening. It is PUB’s third ABC Waters project to be opened this year.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US"></span><span lang="EN-US">This is also the third ABC Waters project for the 3.2km-long Siglap Canal. An upstream section of the Siglap Canal near the </span>Kampong Kembangan Community Club <span lang="EN-US">(CC) has been decked over in 2015 to create an activity plaza for various community activities. </span>Together with an upgraded covered linkway, connectivity for residents was improved as they commute to and from the MRT station, housing blocks and the CC. At Telok Kurau Primary School, a roof garden, a rain garden, and an underground detention tank, coupled with the school’s existing rainwater harvesting system, provide an outdoor learning experience for its students.</p><p><img src="http://public.prdweb.pub.gov.sg/sites/assets/PressReleaseAssets/openlawn.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><span lang="EN-GB"><br><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle">Open lawn and lookout deck</span></span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB"><img src="http://public.prdweb.pub.gov.sg/sites/assets/PressReleaseAssets/lookoutdeck.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></span><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle" lang="EN-GB">Seating with planter boxes on lookout deck</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Location of ABC Waters @ Siglap Canal (East Coast Parkway to the sea) and features are illustrated in the <a href="http://public.prdweb.pub.gov.sg/sites/assets/PressReleaseDocuments/Annex-Siglap%20Canal%2018%20Mar.pdf">Annex</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>A buzz of activities at the new hangout</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">As part of the opening ceremony, a mass yoga workout will be held on the lookout deck for exercise lovers to get up close and personal with nature for a tranquil experience. More than 500 people will converge at the lookout deck and open lawn to enjoy Malay-themed dance performances with a contemporary twist at the Sri Warisan concert, "My Heritage Warisanku", organised by the National Arts Council in collaboration with People's Association.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Park goers and residents can look forward to a more conducive place for picnicking or playing frisbee at the open lawn, as well as doing morning exercises on the landscaped deck.  The Joo Chiat's Citizens' Consultative Committee has adopted the site and is planning to hold more community gatherings in the area.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"With the upgrading of the downstream section of the Siglap Canal, we saw an opportunity to create new recreational spaces over the drainage infrastructure with spectacular views of the sea. ABC Waters @ Siglap Canal (East Coast Parkway to the sea) 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, while appreciating the value that water can bring to our environment and our lives," said PUB's Chief Sustainability Officer, Mr Tan Nguan Sen.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="http://public.prdweb.pub.gov.sg/sites/assets/PressReleaseAssets/abcsiglap_opening.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle">Grassroots Adviser to Joo Chiat Grassroots Organisations, Mr Edwin Tong, Chief Executive of PUB, Mr Ng Joo Hee and Chairman of Joo Chiat CCC, Mr Tan Yew Beng, BBM at the official opening of ABC Waters @ Siglap Canal  (East Coast Parkway to the sea)</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="http://public.prdweb.pub.gov.sg/sites/assets/PressReleaseAssets/abcsiglap_yoga.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle">Participants doing Yoga by the sea</span></p><p><img src="http://public.prdweb.pub.gov.sg/sites/assets/PressReleaseAssets/abcsiglap_raingarden.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle">Creating a rain garden</span></p><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle" id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle" id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span class="ms-rteStyle-ImageDescriptionStyle"> </span><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="ZH-CN"><sup><em>1</em></sup><em>活跃,优美,清洁</em></span><span lang="EN-US"><em> – </em></span><span lang="ZH-CN"><em>全民共享水源计划</em></span><span lang="EN-US"><em>, </em></span><span lang="ZH-CN"><em>简称</em></span><span lang="EN-US"><em>ABC</em></span><span lang="ZH-CN"><em>水源计划</em></span><em> </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It is the national water agency, and manages Singapore’s water supply, water catchment and used water in an integrated way.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, desalinated water).</p><p style="text-align:justify;">PUB calls on everyone to play a part in conserving water, in keeping our waterways clean, and in caring for Singapore’s precious water resources. If we all do our little bit, there will be enough water for all our needs – for commerce and industry, for living, for life.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The ABC Waters Programme was launched by PUB in 2006 to transform Singapore’s water bodies beyond their utilitarian purpose into beautiful and clean streams, rivers and lakes, creating a vibrant City of Gardens and Water. Over 100 potential locations have been identified for implementation by 2030.  To date, 35 ABC Waters projects completed by PUB have been opened to the public.</p><p> Like us at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/PUBsg">www.facebook.com/PUBsg</a> <br>Follow us on <a href="http://www.instagram.com/PUBsingapore">www.instagram.com/PUBsingapore</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/PUBsingapore">www.twitter.com/PUBsingapore</a> <br>Subscribe to our channel at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/sgPUB">www.youtube.com/sgPUB</a> <br>For our latest event photos, visit <a href="http://www.flickr.com/PUBsg">www.flickr.com/PUBsg</a> or <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/PUBsg">www.pinterest.com/PUBsg</a> <br>Download our mobile apps: MyWaters for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/mywaters/id533051315?mt=8">iOS</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.codigo.pub.mywaters&hl=en">Android</a> or <a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-sg/store/app/mywaters/1089ffe2-749f-4487-9193-675d356036ee">Windows Phone</a> <br>Visit our website at <a href="http://www.pub.gov.sg/">www.pub.gov.sg</a> </p>19/3/2017 4:09:43 AM