In 2009, I walked the length on Manhattan, from Dyckman Street in Inwood to Battery Park City, along the Hudson River Greenway, a segment of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, a 32 mile (51 kilometer) long foreshoreway around the island of Manhattan. “The Department of City Planning included a route around Manhattan in its 1993 master plan for 350 miles of recreation and commuting paths in all five boroughs. In 2002 Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg pledged to have the Manhattan loop built, and the city began stitching together existing pedestrian walkways, esplanades and city streets into a single route—in some areas paving connections and in others simply planting signs pointing the way.” That walk is one of my fondest memories of my years in New York City. When we return, I look forward to finally circumnavigating the island on foot.
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Singapore is in the process of developing a 150 kilometer “Round Island Route.” The Round Island Route will be a seamless green corridor links “major natural, cultural, and historical attractions to parks, park connectors, and intra-town cycling networks.” There are nearly 200 kilometers of park connectors island-wide; over the next five years, an additional 100 kilometers of park connectors will be constructed.
I hope to have the opportunity to walk the country’s perimeter one day. In the meantime, you will find me traversing Singapore’s park connectors.
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On Sunday, we explored another segment of Singapore’s Park Connector Network—the connections along the Southern Ridges. (I have already explored parts of the network near Admiralty Park and Punggol Park.) One of the many highlights of our late afternoon stroll was Henderson Waves, a 274 meter pedestrian bridge that spans Henderson Road to connect Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park. It has a distinctive wave-like structure and provides walkers with stunning views of Singapore.
(Additional credits: Photo layout via Pugly Pixel.)