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The Southern Ridges is a 10-kilometre (6.2 mi)[1] trail that connects parks along the southern ridge of Singapore. Some of the attractions along this trail include its greenery and the connecting bridges. This project linked up the parks between the Kent Ridge Park and HarbourFront. The idea to link these parks was coined in 2002 by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and it took 2 years to complete and cost S$25.5 million.

Treetop walk amongst the crowns
The Southern Ridges, CHUTTERSNAP 2019
Southern Ridges
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From top left to right: Forest Walk, HortPark, Canopy Walk, Henderson Waves
Length10 km (6 mi)
LocationKent Ridge Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore
TrailheadsKent Ridge Park
Telok Blangah Hill Park
UseRecreational
Elevation
Highest pointHenderson Waves Timber Deck, 78 m (256 ft)
Hiking details
SightsFlowering plants, Secondary forest

ParksEdit

Mount Faber

There are 3 parks that are connected to each other: Mount Faber, Telok Blangah Hill Park and the Kent Ridge Park.

Mount Faber ParkEdit

Mount Faber Park is one of the oldest parks in Singapore and a popular tourist destination. The park is connected to Telok Blangah Hill Park by Henderson Waves bridge.[2] The park consists of such locations as the Marina Deck, Palm Plaza, Jewel Box, and Faber Point.

Telok Blangah Hill ParkEdit

Kent Ridge Park

It is a 34-hectare park which is a popular place for wedding couples. A series of semi-circular terrace garden located at the top of the park is the Terrace Garden – the main feature of this park and definitely the most beautiful and majestic open terraces in Singapore.

Seated also on this hilltop is one of Singapore's most beautiful Mansion that is open to the public. The Alkaff Mansion. This Mansion has witnessed the passage of time for a hundred years and exudes a Crazy Rich Asian feel. Ironically, this 2-storey Tudor-style building was built in 1918 by a member of the prominent Arab family, the Alkaffs.

The Alkaffs gave the building its name, as well as two flanking turrets, white stone arches and balustrades, and European-style fountains for grandeur. On the interior, floral tiles on the floor and walls, stately halls leading to an elegant porch, and broad stairways gave the mansion a Belle Époque ambience. Then, commanding views took in the surrounding greenery and nearby ocean.

Originally a weekend house, the building reverberated to the sounds of high society parties in the 1930s, when its nickname ‘Mount Washington’ reflected its close ties to the American expat community. In 2005, the Alkaff Mansion was accorded conservation building status by the URA, ensuring its key architectural features would be preserved for posterity.

The Alkaff Mansion is today a multi-concept F&B destination housing TXA Pintxo Bar, Wildseed Café and UNA – each distinct and operating at a different time across the day and night, Monday to Sunday. Each expected to be award winning. 1-Group, the creators of the Mansion, has evoked the glamorous golden years of the Basques and Spanish in the building’s new interior and food concepts, and set it amidst a lush tropical landscape and perched above the Grounds of Alkaff, a 100,000 sqft of courtyard, trees and (soon to be included) conservatories. When visiting the Southern Ridge and its various parks, The Alkaff Mansion is a mandatory stop-over spot for drinks, breakfast, brunch and lunch.

Kent Ridge ParkEdit

Kent Ridge Park is a 47-hectare public park between the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Science Park. Due to its undisturbed habitat and abundant plant life, it is a popular venue for bird-watchers and eco-tourists.

TrailsEdit

There are 8 trails at Southern Ridges.

Marang TrailEdit

Marang Trail (Chinese: 玛朗小径)) is 800 metres (2,600 ft) long and an elevation of 70 metres (230 ft). It extends from Marang Road, just behind the HarbourFront MRT Station to the cable car station at the Jewel Box on Mount Faber. The trail consists of steps and shaded footpaths through secondary forest.[3]

Faber TrailEdit

Faber Trail (花柏山公园小径)) is a 1-kilometre-long (0.62 mi) trail going through the Mount Faber Park. It ends at the Henderson Waves. At its peak, it offers panoramic views of the southern part of Singapore and the Southern Islands.[4]

 
Henderson Waves

Henderson WavesEdit

Henderson Waves (亨德森波浪桥)) is a 274-metre-long (899 ft)[5] pedestrian bridge. At 36 metres (118 ft) above Henderson Road, it is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. It connects Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. It was designed by IJP Corporation, London, and RSP Architects Planners and Engineers (PTE) ltd Singapore.
The bridge has a wave-form made up of seven undulating curved steel ribs that alternately rise over and under its deck. The curved ribs form alcoves that function as shelters with seats within. Slats of yellow balau wood, an all-weather timber found in Southeast Asia, are used in the decking. The wave-forms are lit with LED lamps at night from 7 pm to 2 am daily.[2] It also was built in 2008 costing £25.5m.

Hilltop WalkEdit

Hilltop Walk (山峰小径) is a 1-kilometre (0.62 mi) trail which runs through Telok Blangah Hill Park. The trail connects on one end with the Henderson Waves and the other with the Forest Walk leading to Alexandra Arch.[6]

 
Forest Walk

Forest WalkEdit

Forest Walk (丛林小径)) is a 1.3-kilometre-long (0.81 mi) walkway that cuts through about 50 metres (160 ft) through the secondary forest in Telok Blangah Hill Park and connects to Alexandra Arch. The raised walkway with heights ranging from 3 metres (9.8 ft) to 18 metres (59 ft) brushes the canopy of trees and offers a bird's-eye view of the forest.[7] The Forest Walk also connects to the Labrador Nature & Coastal Walk (拉柏多自然与海岸径), also leading walkers to the Labrador Park MRT Station and Labrador Park.

 
Alexandra Arch

Alexandra ArchEdit

Alexandra Arch (亚历山大拱桥)) is an 80-metre-long (260 ft) bridge that features a curved deck and tilted arch like an opened leaf, connecting Alexandra Road, Singapore and Hyderabad Road. It was designed by Buro Happold with LOOK Architects. The Gillman Village, which was a former British military camp in the early 20th century, now houses a mixture of restaurants, pubs and art galleries. Like the Henderson Waves bridge, Alexandra Arch will be lit with colour-changing LED lamps. At the end of the Alexandra Arch, there is a path lined with flowering plants which leads to the HortPark.[8]

Flora Walk & HortParkEdit

Floral Walk is a 300-metre (980 ft) trail which offers a stroll along a path lined with flowering plants.
It forms the gateway to HortPark (园艺园林)) – the gardening hub. It is a 23-hectare park Southeast Asia's first one stop shop for gardening-related recreational, educational, research and retail activities in a park setting. Some park highlights include themed gardens as well as outdoor display plots showcasing designs and ideas for home gardening.[9]

Canopy WalkEdit

Canopy Walk (天篷走道)) is a 300-metre (980 ft) trail which links Kent Ridge Park to Reflections at Bukit Chandu – once known as Opium Hill and site of one of the last battles of Singapore in World War II and HortPark. Elevated 16 metres (52 ft) at the centre, Canopy Walk goes through secondary forest with groves of Tembusu and dominant trees of the adinandra belukar. It is also filled with rich wildlife that lives there, such as squirrels, sunbirds, doves, lizards and white-crested laughing thrushes.[10]

Ecological ProjectsEdit

The Singing ForestEdit

A new collection of bird attracting native trees is being established at Southern Ridges to provide a wide variety of suitable food sources as well as shelter and nesting areas for native birds. When established, the additional planting of suitable tree species will eventually provide an opportunity for visitors to learn and appreciate the diverse collection of birds and trees. This project is sponsored by ST Microelectronics.[11]

Sembcorp Forests of GiantsEdit

Sembcorp Industries has donated $1 million to the Garden City Fund to set up an arboretum – a living gallery of giant tree species – for education and research, and to fund green educational programmes to benefit the community. This is part of efforts to enhance biodiversity within urban areas.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Southern Ridges". National Parks Board.
  2. ^ a b "Henderson Waves". National Parks Board. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Marang Trail". National Parks Board. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Faber Trail". National Parks Board. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Henderson Waves". Urban Redevelopment Authority.
  6. ^ "Hilltop Walk". National Parks Board. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Forest Walk". National Parks Board. Archived from the original on 25 December 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Alexandra Arch". National Parks Board. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Flora Walk & HortPark". National Parks Board. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Canopy Walk". National Parks Board. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  11. ^ https://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=172&Itemid=129#12 Archived 31 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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