SEMBAWANG MASTER PLAN
Where families grow amidst spaciousness and greenery
Wide open spaces, lush greenery and a laid-back charm characterise this up-and-coming family-friendly neighbourhood that is also well-served and well-connected. Indeed, Sembawang has much to offer, but the icing on the cake has to be the availability of space and nature in the neighbourhood, and in particular, those seen in its beautiful parks.
The 1.2 hectare Canberra Park, for instance, completed a $2.2 million revamp last year, and now features the largest number of swings in Singapore. Helping to develop children’s motor skills are multi-sensory play structures, a three-slide structure, colourful obstacle course and even a dinosaur skeleton replica. The park is also the nation’s first inclusive playground so children of all abilities can play in its safe and stimulating environment.
Adults aren’t left out either. In fact, Canberra Park is also a multi-generational park as it includes fitness stations for fitness buffs, and ramps and handrails for the elderly. In addition, there is an amphitheatre and plaza for community events and a designated taiji area. Not forgetting of course, the tranquil, 15 ha Sembawang Park with its natural sandy beach and views of the Johor Straits just across the waters. A magnet for families and those who love fishing, the park also draws joggers.
Where commuting is quick and easy
Located in the northern tip of Singapore, Sembawang has become increasingly attractive to home-hunters not least because it is so accessible – and will become even more so in future. New links and public transport options are offering better connections to the rest of Singapore and cutting travel times. As it is, the Sembawang MRT Station and Sembawang Bus Interchange provide commuters with most of what they need to get around quickly, conveniently and affordably.
For those who drive, the North-South Corridor (NSC) will result in Sembawang residents saving up to 30 per cent of their travel time during peak hours to the city centre by 2021. The NSC will connect with existing expressways, including the Seletar Expressway (SLE), the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) and the East Coast Parkway (ECP), thereby improving the overall connectivity to the rest of the island.
Further, one of the lanes of the 21.5km NSC’s dual, three-lane carriageway will be dedicated to express bus services while on the surface level, cycling and walking paths will be built to mirror the route of the NSC. This means Sembawang residents can also cycle or walk along the NSC to head to towns along the corridor – including Woodlands, Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan and Toa Payoh – or to the city centre.
Speaking of cycling, the expansion of Sembawang’s intra-town cycling network as well as new park connectors make it easier and safer for residents to access amenities within the town and head further afield in a mode of transport that is cost-effective, sustainable, healthy and fun.