Thursday, May 13, 2010

Walk on water ... at MacRitchie


PHOTO: An artist’s impression of the submerged boardwalk.
Photo courtesy of PUB

Visitors to MacRitchie Reservoir will soon be able to walk on water, on a submerged boardwalk.

The 40-m-long boardwalk will extend from one bank of the reservoir to another, according to national water agency PUB.

Visitors will be able to walk through shallow water and see water plants growing along the boardwalk and be in close contact with tadpoles, fish, snails and other aquatic life.

Water plants will be grown as they help to purify rainwater before it flows into the reservoir.

Visitors can also look forward to a new food and beverage outlet at the hilltop.

Several improvements will be made to the bandstand, internal roads and footpaths.

A new building will also be constructed at the current Paddle Lodge to cater to the public and schools that pursue canoe and kayaking activities.

These are part of the Phase II improvement works at the reservoir park, which will cost about $4.5 million. Work is expected to be completed by the third quarter of next year.

We hope that, with these improvements, visitors will enjoy the crown jewel of our reservoirs even more by appreciating and getting close to water,” said Mr Tan Nguan Sen, PUB’s Catchment and Waterways director.

The project is part of the PUB’s long-term initiative known as the Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) programme.