If you’ve ever asked for recommendations of things to do in New York City, one place that’s always on the top of many people’s list is The High Line. This hidden garden oasis is an aerial greenway that weaves its way above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side and is currently used as a shared community garden and public walk space. The lush green space is the perfect escape from New York’s busy city streets, so it’s no wonder why other countries want to hop on board this green parkway idea – Singapore’s just released their plans to do something quite similar.
While it won’t be exactly like the High Line – previous reports stated that the park would resemble the elevated park and run across the entire stretch of the country were debunked late last week – instead, Singapore’s overland railway will be a sort of homage to New York’s High Line, with ‘community spaces’ blended sparingly into existing landscapes across the country. This railway corridor will bring a whole lot of new and exciting spaces to Singapore’s rather urban city.
Repurposing the majority of the old cross-country railway line that fell into disuse around five years ago, the plan is to include “activity points” along the stretch of parkland, offering up shared community spaces like rock climbing walls, exercise hubs and urban farms. Japanese company Nikken Sekkei won the bid to turn this shared community space into one hell of a cool park and will be using the first half of 2016 talking to the public and receiving feedback on their projected plans for the space.
As it stands now, the abandoned railway has been dubbed the “green corridor” by locals and threads through a dozen or so different communities and landscapes along its 24 kilometre stretch – the perfect spot for some urban exploring and even an annual fun run.
(All images: Nikken Sekkei)