Bishan Park – or Ang Mo Kio ParkWhere: Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1. Why? For fresh air, fun and time to chill. When? Every day of the week (anyone else breaking out in to song?) Cash heavy? Nope, don’t need a penny, though you could take some to spend in the cafe/restaurants if you like. Kid friendly? Hell yeah! There’s a playground, water playground (open at weekends only), acres of grass as well as loads of interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Dog friendly? Yes! With it’s two designated dog runs this is the place for your pampered pooch to stretch his or her legs. Though it does get busy. Outside of the run, keep your dog on a lead. Disabled access? Yes, the paths are wide and clear. Getting there. There’s a large car park with coupon parking. Lots of bus routes go past Bishan Park. Extra titbit. The water in the river and ponds that run through the park are kept clean WITHOUT chemicals apparently. Some clever plants do the job instead.
The nitty gritty:
Bishan is my local park and lucky me. It is sprawling, lush, stunning and a fascinating place to wander around. Every morning the place is swarming with local people keeping fit – many in large groups (wearing matching t-shirts) – doing all kinds of exercise from Tai Chi to fan dances, jogging to meditation. I’ve even seen a few backward walkers. Who knew? At one end of the park is a fitness area where many congregate to do a series of push ups, sits ups, chin ups and every other kind of up you can think of. They take their fitness seriously here obviously. And of course there’s the joggers, walkers and roller bladers following the parks 3k route.
An amazing lily pond that stretches further than any frog prince could hop is a pleasant discovery around one bend and there are a large number of sun loungers big enough for the whole family to sit on. Add to this a great play area for big and little kids alike and a splash park to cool off in (weekends only) this place really rocks as far as parks go. And, to top it all, if you get a bit peckish you can head for one of the cafes. I have yet to eat in one of them but will try it out and get back to you.
Taking the dog for a walk is definitely a lot more interesting in Bishan than it used to be back in the UK (think circling a cricket pitch over and again). It is a great place to take the kids when they want to let of some steam and a fab place to meet a group of friends for a picnic. You can even learn to roller blade if you like…
Final 5 Verdict? 5 5 5 5 5