Nee Soon is surrounded by nature- reservoirs, parks and even Singapore’s only hot spring. (Map)
Across Singapore, 80% of homes are located within 400m of a park. This will increase to 90% by 2030.
Nee Soon has its share of new parks. Since 2015, the Khatib Bongsu park connector runs along Yishun Ave 2, Khatib MRT station and Sungei Khatib Bongsu. The BTOs in Nee Soon South also enjoy brand-new Rockridge Park, with ample exercise, ball court and BBQ facilities.
Thomson Nature Park, a unique park with ruins of an old Hainanese village, will open in 2018 off Upper Thomson Road.
Sembawang Hot Spring in Nee Soon South, Singapore’s only hot spring, will also be redeveloped into a public park by 2019. It will remain rustic and free-of-charge, while adding facilities such as a floral walk and a café.
In 2016, Futsal Arena opened near Yishun MRT. It provides all-weather futsal courts for Yishunites.
Canopy Walk and more
Other exciting outdoor activities around Nee Soon include
– Abseiling and Canopy Walk at SAFRA Yishun
– Bah Soon Pah road, a favourite haunt of nature photographers
– Kayaking down Sungei Khatib Bongsu (Registration required)
We are surrounded by beautiful reservoirs. The new Family Bay and Rowers’ Bay water channel at Lower Seletar Reservoir offers plentiful opportunities for competitive rowing events or cultural performances from the terraced amphitheatre.
The three-storey lookout tower at Yishun Pond, The Spiral@Yishun, has become a favourite spot for photography enthusiasts hoping to capture a bird’s eye view of Nee Soon, or the great views across the waters from dusk till dawn.
Want to catch a perfect sunset? Yishun Dam and Lower Pierce Reservoir Park come to mind.
Nee Soon has been in the news for its innovative playgrounds. For example, Yishun River Green’s playground features LED pads that light up when you step on them, crooked houses and nine interlinked swings. It’s become a draw for parents and kids from all over the island.
Concrete buildings need not be devoid of greenery. Did you know that Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Yishun Community Hospital have roof-top gardens, where they grow vegetables for their patients? There are also roof-top community gardens throughout the estate, including one at Northpoint City.
The former Bottle Tree Park is now home to ORTO and GUI.
ORTO offers unique activities like prawning, paintballing, laser tag and so on.
GUI (Ground-Up Initiative) is a community-driven enterprise looking to foster a 21st Century kampung culture. With the help of Nee Soon grassroots organisations, they have secured over 26,000 square meters of land and opened the first phase of their Kampung Kampus. Click here for what you can do at GUI.