July 28, 2010
Building of Labrador nature walk begins
CONSTRUCTION for the long-awaited Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk began yesterday and by the first half of 2012, the public will be able to explore new nature walks over the sea, mangrove and forested areas.
The Walk at the Labrador Nature Reserve will cost $13.5 million, and is part of the Parks and Waterbodies Plan first announced by Urban Renewal Authority in 2002, which aims to enhance Singapore's green spaces and waterbodies islandwide.
As an extension of the Southern Ridges, the Walk will link the Southern Ridges to the Southern Waterfront via a series of connections from Alexandra Road to the waterfront at Bukit Chermin, and will enable visitors to experience 'diverse settings comprising hills, mangroves and coastlines all in a single day', according to an Urban Redevelopment Authority press release.
URA chief executive Cheong Koon Hean said: 'The Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk will allow visitors to get even closer to nature and open up the coastal areas at Bukit Chermin, which are currently inaccessible.'
The 2.1 km walk comprises three thematically distinct trails. First is the Alexandra Road garden trail between Depot Road and Telok Blangah Road. The second, the Berlayer Creek mangrove trail, begins at the area surrounding the future Labrador Park MRT station. The third is the Bukit Chermin Harbour View boardwalk over the sea, which will connect Labrador Park to the Reflections at Keppel Bay condominium.
Martin Koh/ Sherry Tang