Photo credit: NPARKS

Phase One of NParks’ Round Island Route open to the public from Jan 22

The 75km recreational connection spans the eastern half of Singapore.

Caleb Lau

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Published: 24 January 2022, 2:48 PM

Nature lovers have a new place to explore, this time in the east, complete with proper footpaths and coastal scenery.

The National Parks Board (NParks) opened the first phase of the Round Island Route (RIR) to the public on Jan 22.

Stretching 75km, the route passes through areas of Sengkang, Changi Bay and East Coast Park

Gracing the opening day ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Heng See Keat said: “Walking or cycling along this route, (visitors) can enjoy scenic coastal boardwalks and lookout points that offer sweeping views of the sea.”


Amenities include shelters, solar-powered charging points, bicycle parking lots and toilets. PHOTO CREDIT: NPARKS


As part of the OneMillionTrees movement, 5,100 trees and shrubs have been planted along the stretch, providing food and shelter for the native inhabitants and cover for visitors.

The RIR is intended to be 150km long, linking existing park connectors and, as its name suggests, loop around Singapore.


The route is part of the Singapore Green Plan to transform Singapore into a City in Nature. PHOTO CREDIT: NPARKS


These additional routes will contribute to Singapore’s goal of enabling all households to live within a 10-minute walk of any park, NParks said in a press statement on Jan 22. 

The RIR is projected to complete by 2035, alongside plans to widen selected paths and improve landscaping.

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