An interesting morning at Sengkang Riverside Park with guest appearances by a trio of wild geese and a family of otters. It’s a great park for kids with wide paths for skatescooting or cycling as well as two ponds with lots of fauna to observe.
This is our first encounter with smooth-coated otters up close (we usually only see them swimming far away). I was surprised that they are actually quite large, comparable to a medium-sized dog!
Sengkang Riverside Park is calm and tranquil, featuring a constructed wetland which doubles up as a wildlife habitat and attracts a variety of mangrove birds and damselflies. Take a stroll along the many trails to view the manually planted marshes and get close to the inhabitants of the marshland.
Alternatively, embark on an educational journey to explore the fruit trees planted around the park. Besides common edible fruits such as star fruit, chiku and dragon fruit, you may even discover exotic fruits that cannot be found in local stalls and supermarkets.
You can also visit Singapore’s largest man-made wetland, PUB’s Sengkang Floating Island, which is located within the park. We enjoyed the lovely views from the platform and stopped for a snack in the giant mangosteen for some shelter from the scorching sun.
Sengkang Riverside Park is located at Anchorvale Street (abutting Sungei Punggol) and was awarded the ABC Waters Certification, as an excellent example of how the protection of our water resources can be creatively integrated with urban planning in a sustainable manner.