Located just opposite Sun Plaza Park, Tampines Eco Green is a sprawling 36-hectare nature area that provides an ideal trail running route for beginners.
Opened in 2011 in perhaps the most mature estate in the East, the park is home to an array of habitats such as open grasslands and freshwater wetlands that make for a great sensory experience. Much of its original landscape has been retained, with even dead trees transformed into park benches and rest sites for humans and the residing wildlife alike.
For those who are a little intimidated by the length and terrain of other trail running areas such as MacRitchie, Tampines Eco Green is a great place to begin as the 2.2km loop is made up of soft stretches of mostly shaded grass and wooded trails, which has made the trail a haven for barefoot running enthusiasts. However due to the pristine nature of the space, the lack of lights would mean its not advisable to head down once nightfall arrives.
Tampines Eco Green provides a little bit of everything you might have to travel further out to places like Sungei Buloh to appreciate. The combination of wetlands and secondary forests make the area an ideal home to about 70 species of woodland and country birds (White-breasted waterhen, sunbirds, woodpeckers), as well as over a dozen dragonfly and butterfly species. While you’re there, keep a lookout for the Tampines tree that the estate is named after!
If you’re keen for something more, Tampines Eco Green is also conveniently connected to Pasir Ris Park along Sungei Tampines, which just so happens to be a great space to spot Herons roosting.
Tampines Eco Green is located along Tampines Ave 9 and 12, just across from Sun Plaza Park. The nearest MRT Station (Tampines) is about 20 minutes away while the nearest parking is within the Housing estates along Tampines Street 41. More directions here