Spinning Wheels - Park Connectors in the South
(In a previous issue, we explored the features and facilities along the Park Connectors in the north. This issue charts a suggested PCN route along southern Singapore.)
These popular city rides in the South are peppered with urban challenges, scenic river views, al fresco cafes and dining areas.
For a nice adventure on these park connectors, start from Alexandra Linear Park, which is located behind Queenstown MRT. Cycle eastwards towards the Alexandra Park Connector, which ends at Zion Road (opposite Great World City). Interestingly, the entire stretch, which was completed in two phases, was launched by our Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew on both occasions.
The stretch also boasts of two fantastic hawker centres. Margaret Drive Food Centre is renowned for its steamed chicken rice, fried kway teow and dumplings. The other hawker centre, Zion Road Food Centre, is highly acclaimed for its fried kway teow, dumplings and century egg porridge.
Do take extra care while cycling towards Kim Seng Road and Kim Seng Promenade as there is on-going construction; footpaths have been set up to divert pedestrians and cyclists.
From Kim Seng Promenade, cycle along until you reach Robertson Quay. Cross Alkaff Bridge, located next to the establishment The Quayside, and you will reach the opposite bank of the Singapore River. From there, you can visit Clarke Quay (a stone's throw away). This stretch is interesting especially in the late evening. Do stop for a cuppa at one of the outdoor cafes while enjoying the sea breeze and scenic views of the Singapore River.
From there, you can make a detour to Fort Canning Park nearby (located just across River Valley Road). Or you can move on to Empress Place, Esplanade Park and spend the rest of your day at Kallang Riverside Park, a haven for water-sport activities such as kayaking and dragon-boating.
To go home, you can easily make your way to the nearby Kallang MRT, located next to the Kallang Park Connector. Do visit the nearby Boon Keng Food Centre before you head home. Try the soup kambing (mutton soup); it's out of this world.
By Yee Chung Yao
Have views or comments on this article? Let us know via this form. If you would like to give us feedback on any other areas relating to our parks and gardens, please submit via https://www.nparks.gov.sg/feedback