Kallang Park Connector Walk - 6 Jul 08

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This Sunday, Zen and I joined Richard (from SAC) for the interesting Heartstrings walk from Kallang MRT Station to Thomson Road, via the Kallang Park Connector (see link: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=parkconnectors&Itemid=74) along the river banks.  With 40+ persons, we followed Richard who used his whistle (2 bleeps) to inform of his location.

We came across the Chinese temple sitting at the junction of the river banks.  Far in the distant, we could see the outline of the Singapore Flyer.  After a short distance, we reached Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront with floating deck in the river and walk-boards.

Kolam Ayer Bridge
  A small girl was trying the Water Wheel, using the power of the legs to move the wheel. 

Crossing over Kallang Bahru Road, we saw the cleaning up of the river in progress.  We saw castor apple tree at the back of someone's property.  We crossed over Serangoon Road, leading to a busy junction - Woodsville Flyover, now undergoing construction for a new tunnel and flyover to improve traffic flow.   From the river bank we came out into a private residential area and rested for a few minutes at the corner of Topaz Road/Mar Thoma Road, before going up the 2-storey overhead bridge, across Pan-Island Expressway (or PIE, as we call it). 

Walking along Potong Pasir Walkway, is standing St Andrew's Junior College on the right side with swimming pool and a field.

A child trying out the Water Wheel
  Further on, some students were practising Archery near the carpark on the left side.   We walked through the Underpass (1.8m).  Above the Underpass is the Central Expressway.    Potong Pasir Walkway is well shaded by the trees on one side.  We could feel the heat! 

We crossed over Braddell Road using overhead bridge (again).  Finally we saw ITE Bishan and Bishan Stadium.  As my left knee was aching and it was getting hot, Zen and I decided to end our walk for today.  Instead of crossing over Bishan Road, we turned left to proceed towards Bishan Cental for our lunch and then home.

Had the walk started earlier, say, 7 or 8 am, it would be very nice to walk along Kallang Park Connector.   On the whole, it was interesting, though we still prefer the Southern Ridges, with distant views of the sea and southern islands.  The bridge connectors are more creative.

 

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Chinese Temple
Chinese Temple
Kolam Ayer Bridge
Kolam Ayer Bridge
A child trying out the Water Wheel
A child trying out the Water Wheel
Kolam Ayer waterfront
Kolam Ayer waterfront
Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront
Kolam Ayer ABC Waterfront
How to use the Water Wheel
How to use the Water Wheel
Cleaning up the River in progress
Cleaning up the River in progress
Cleaning up the River in progress
Cleaning up the River in progress
Castor apple tree ?
Castor apple tree ?
Going through a gap
Going through a gap
Coming out from the back of park c…
Coming out from the back of park …
Potong Pasir
Potong Pasir
What tree is this ?
What tree is this ?
565 km (351 miles) traveled
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photo by: Arlenelow