Kent Ridge Park has a long (and quite bloody) history. You can read about it here . We used to live nearby (on Lor Sarhad) and used to have family walks through the park. One time, Princess Floss and I were walking through en route to Holland Village (we'd decided to walk for some reason); however, I was wearing sandals and managed to trip up and tear off the toenail on my right foot big toe. "ouch that smarts" I remember exclaiming. Little Floss was only about 10 and she helped me get home - bless her
This is the view from about halfway along the Treetop walk, looking North (possibly North East). In the foreground, the carefully tended NParks nursery, the very posh "black and white" mansions and beyond the high rise tower blocks.
Stunning view in my opinion
The whole structure is only about 250m long, but is a very pleasant walk.
At the top of the steps turn left and you're faced with another canopy walk. This isn't as long as the Forest Walk, but is a nice route into Kent Ridge Park and is blessed with some spectacular views.
The gentle sloping path leads to the edge of Kent Ridge Park. Walkers can choose to turn right and up some shallow steps intot he park itself; but I choose to turn right and up some steeper steps and the Treetop walk. Fortunately, these are the last ones
It's a gentle winding climb at the beginning of the Kent Ridge bit. Here's the pathway - not too bad at all
So, if you have a mind to, wander through the HortPark, sniffing blooms and appreciating all things botanical; to be honest the place leaves me a bit cold so I yomp through to the west exit and the beginning of Kent Ridge
The HortPark is difficult to describe, but is built on the site of an National Parks nursery. It is cross between a park and garden centre; there are tiny patches of manicured theme gardens and a shop where visitors can buy horticultural "stuff". The HortPark has an interesting butterfly collection and (believe it or not, in Equatorial Asia) a collection of greenhouses.
The visitor centre is pretty and has a posh restaurant (Thai) and meeting rooms that I've seen used for parties. This photo was taken from the Visitor Centre water feature looking out towards Hyderabad Rd.
Crossing the Alexandra Arch leads walkers to Hyderabad Rd near the old Dental Hospital (now a School of Management) and the HortPark. I normally walk along Hyderabad Rd past the old "black and whites", but today - just for you dear Phlogger, my feet are turned towards the HortPark
The Forest Walk comes out on Alexandra Rd and another smart pedestrian bridge.