Lower Seletar Reservoir Park

Last Updated on 3 August 2020

Lower Seletar Reservoir was built in 1986 by constructing a dam across the mouth of Seletar River to create an impounding reservoir that would collect stormwater from the upstream urbanised catchment areas. The reservoir was called Sungei Seletar Reservoir before it was renamed as Lower Seletar Reservoir in 1992.

As part of the concerted efforts to create recreational spaces around our reservoirs, Lower Seletar Reservoir Park is one of many such reservoir parks that have been transformed into beautiful gardens with exercise facilities, fishing spots, and water activities, overlooking scenic water bodies.

A park connector (PCN) track with mostly flat terrain runs across the linear park, making for a pleasant stroll or jog, or even biking if you are armed with your own bikes.

A jetty with a fishing deck at the end means that avid anglers can have a convenient spot to practice their baiting skills.

Head over to the Heritage Bridge, where educational boards bring us back through time and provide a glimpse of the history surrounding the Seletar Reservoirs and their origins.

Little did we know that in the 1800s, a nomadic tribe called the Orang Seletar who lived in houseboats used to roam along Seletar River and the Johor Straits, and continued to do so until the 1980s!

Walking all the way to the end of the Heritage Bridge, we found that this was the perfect place to take in the calm turquoise waters of the reservoir and soak in the balmy breeze.

The water play area within the park will doubtless be a hit with the kids.

The relaxed atmosphere around the park is so contagious…

…we’ll find that we aren’t the only ones inspired to drape ourselves all over the park bench or some other such convenient surface and relax or meditate.

Strolling along the water’s edge, we could spy on the golfers in the country club next door honing their skill on the lawn.

Ever wonder what those pink globs – looking like dollops of caviar – scattered all over the coastal rocks are? These are dragonfly eggs! And there are a gazillion of them sprinkled all along the water’s edge!

And of course, we can expect to see multitudes of dragonflies bustling around the area.

With so many recreational and sporting activities to indulge in in any one of the reservoir parks, it shouldn’t be surprising to catch a pair or two of energetic spiders engaging in a sport of pro wrestling.

We were enthralled watching these two pro jumping spiders put on a gripping theatrical performance, displaying their skillful grappling techniques.

For a longer hike, the PCN from Lower Seletar Reservoir Park connects to Springleaf Nature Park, and eventually to Upper Seletar Reservoir Park. That will make for a wholesome and satisfying workout.