"New $3.5 million boardwalk opens at Changi."

Photo by Jummy Liew, 2003.

"New $3.5 million boardwalk opens at Changi." Channel NewsAsia, 17 Sep 2003.

A previously inaccesible coastline at Changi is now an easy 20-minute walk, thanks to a new boardwalk there.

This $3.5 million development is part of the plan to enhance Changi Point while preserving its rustic charm. Take a deep breath and let your senses get in touch with nature here.

The 1.2 kilometre boardwalk starts at the Changi Beach Club at Cranwell Road. Turn left, and you'll hit the idyllic 'Kelong Walk' that stretches into the sea. The kelong stilts may be new but already barnacles are calling them home! Further left, is the 'Sunset Walk' that offers a splendid evening view. On the right, the lush greenery provides shade along 'Cliff Walk' while the 'Sailing Point Walk' brings you out onto the beach.

The $3.5 million boardwalk transforms the formerly inaccessible stretch of coastline into an easy 20-minute walk. The end of the boardwalk at Changi Sailing Club is definitely not the end of the walk as you can continue to walk along several trails towards the Changi Ferry Terminal.

Work has also just begun on a 1.5 kilometre park connector along Netheravon Road to link Changi Beach Park to other parks in the East.

The 35-kilometre park connector network in the East should have been completed three years ago. Said National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan: "When you talk about a park connector even though a small part is missing, it's worthless because it's not complete so we're trying to make (sure) that all the missing links are finished before 2007, 2008. I'm encouraging NParks and URA to try to get it sorted it out but they have a few obstacles - land issues that need to be settled, roads that need to be linked up, bridges that need to be built."

And when that is done, it will be an uninterrupted walk from Changi Point to East Coast Park!