The newest addition to Singapore's water catchment areas, the Marina Barrage is not just an integral reservoir for Singapore but a recreational area for boating, windsurfing, kayaking, dragon-boating and other water sports. Visit the area to learn more about Singapore's efforts in water sustainability, or hang out with locals, who spend their day here flying kites and having picnics.
Spanning over 10,000 hectares, the Marina Barrage is a dam built across the Marina Channel, doubling as a comprehensive flood control scheme to alleviate flooding from low-lying city areas as well as to separate the Marina Channel from seawater. It also converts freshwater into potable water and meets 10% of Singapore's current water demands.
Kids will love the water features around the vicinity, while parents should bring a change of clothes to ensure a smooth day of fun for the little ones. Purchase a kite from the ground level at about S$6 - S$12 and make your way to the end of the Barrage for a day of kite-flying.
Armed with snacks, find a little corner for your group and spread a large shawl over the ground for a makeshift seating area or get an inexpensive bamboo mat and relax, snacking the day away and enjoying some down time. When evening approaches, make your way up to the rooftop to see the city lights in their illuminating glory. Grab hold of your camera and snap away for a rare angle of Singapore.
A perfect place to have a quick picnic, go kite-flying or catch the lights coming up along the city skyline by night, the Marina Barrage provides an eclectic harmony between technology and design.