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New Khatib Nature Corridor will have three new parks and 80km of trails

Cheers to more green spaces.

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Izza Sofia
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A new green corridor will soon be established in Khatib! The future Khatib Nature Corridor will comprise five parks, including three new ones, recreational trails and routes where wildlife can travel through. All these will be established in the coming years and add over 90 hectares of green spaces to Singapore’s landscape. 

The new ecological corridor was identified together with three others – Kranji, Lim Chu Kang and Seletar, when the National Parks Board (NParks) carried out an ecological profiling exercise. According to an Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) media release, Khatib Nature Corridor will comprise forested sites at Springleaf, Tagore, Miltonia Close and along Lower Seletar Reservoir and the existing Springleaf Nature Park. The five parks within the nature corridor also include the 4.8ha Canberra Park and the 40ha Khatib Bongsu Nature Park that is slated to be ready by 2026. 

Photograph: National Parks
Photograph: National Parks

The three new parks consists of:

  • Nee Soon Nature Park, which boasts rare freshwater swamp rest habitat. 
  • Miltonia Nature Park, a “stepping-stone habitat” between the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and Khatib Bongsu Nature Park.
  • Extension of Lower Seletar Reservoir Park. This will be completed alongside the redevelopment of Orchid Country Club, which will be returned to the state after 2030.
  • Three recreational routes will also be connected to the Khatib Nature Corridor – the Round-Island Route, Coast-to-Coast Northern Trail and the Central Corridor. Over 20km of new trails will be added, bringing a total of 150ha of parks and 80km of curated trails for Khatib Nature Corridor. 

NParks said the ecological profiling exercise serves to guide urban planners in carrying out longer-term planning.

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