New NParks – AIA Explore A Route Challenge launches alongside revamped app, vouchers and prizes to be won

App users can explore green spaces for a chance to win prizes such as shopping vouchers.

Nicki Chan

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Published: 20 May 2022, 12:50 PM

Residents can now complete green trails to win various rewards through the NParks – AIA Explore A Route Challenge launched by NParks today (May 20). 

The challenge commemorates the release of the NParks Explore A Route (NEAR) app, which is a revamped version of the Coast-to-Coast (C2C) app first launched in 2019. 

The app’s original features include interactive augmented reality (AR) elements to provide users with information about flora and fauna and points of interest they may encounter when exploring Singapore’s green trails.

To complement these features, the revamped app has since added a new “Phyll My Trail” feature that allows users to curate their own trails. Users can then share the mapped trails with their friends through the app or on social media. 

“This will encourage the community to exchange experiences with others and explore a wider variety of trails. In doing so, Singaporeans will get to appreciate nature more while forging closer bonds,” said NParks in a media release on May 19.

The NParks – AIA Explore a Route Challenge will run from May 20 to July 20. Participants can check off boxes on the challenge board by completing trails of varying distances from nine set starting points. Trails include the Coast-to-Coast (Central) trail and various Park Connector Loops.


Users must complete the required distance in one go to complete the challenge, and record the distance using the “Phyll My Trail” function. IMAGE CREDIT: NPARKS


Completing any three boxes in a row vertically, horizontally or diagonally will qualify users for a chance to win a Decathlon e-voucher worth $50 at the end of each month. The chance of winning gets higher as more rows are completed. 

When all nine boxes are completed, the user will qualify for a grand lucky draw at the end of the challenge. There are $14,000 worth of prizes contributed by AIA, which include shopping vouchers and a laptop. 

The challenge seeks to improve physical and mental well-being through the positive effects of nature, said NParks.

“We hope that more Singaporeans will take the opportunity to appreciate nature in a fun way and at the same time, form closer ties with their friends and families through this challenge,” said Professor Leo Tan, Chairman of the NParks Garden City Fund.

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