Bukit Panjang: Close to nature with the convenience of modern comforts

Blocks of varying heights at Bukit Panjang look like the undulating terrain of rice terraces (Credit: Bong Xin Ying/ EdgeProp Singapore)
For 28-year-old Claire Lee, Pang Sua Pond was her first introduction to the residential town of Bukit Panjang. It was a visit that garnered many an “ooh” and “ah” from her, although she had not expected much from the trip. “I never knew such a gem existed in Bukit Panjang until I explored the area,” says Lee. She is now open to the idea of living in the town in Singapore’s West Region, despite enjoying the ease of access with her current home in the Central area.
Indeed, the scenic Pang Sua Pond – and its floating boardwalk, suspended about seven metres above the water – is a sight to behold. This comes especially after having received a $6.8 million makeover over a 30-month period, under the Public Utilities Board’s (PUB) Active, Beautiful, Clean (ABC) Waters Programme.
Reopened in 2017, Pang Sua Pond is now Singapore’s second-largest man-made floating wetland, home to an impressive biodiversity. Leather fern, fragrant pandan, miniature flatsedge, and water cenna are just some types of wetland plants that can be found there. These plants were carefully chosen by PUB as they help to absorb nutrients, improve water quality, and generate a habitat for fishes, turtles, and dragonflies. Unusual suspects, like otters, have also been spotted at the pond.
Pang Sua Pond after a $6.8 million makeover over a 30-month period (Credit: Bong Xin Ying/ EdgeProp Singapore)
Curving over and around the floating wetlands is the 480-metre timber boardwalk that is a community focal point, connecting residents to nearby facilities like the adjacent Senja-Cashew Community Club; a 3G Wellness Centre featuring a fitness corner, roof terrace and activity rooms; a multi-purpose stage with over 200 seats; and viewing decks where a panoramic view of the area can be enjoyed. In the evenings, the boardwalk lights up, illuminating the path where residents can enjoy a good stroll or even a romantic date.

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