At the upper reaches of the Central Catchment Area is Upper Seletar Reservoir Park and its iconic rocket tower. The park offers plenty of space (in more ways than one) and a chance to slow down and enjoy a view rarely found in Singapore.
The Rocket in a Park
The most eye-catching feature at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park is its futuristic lookout tower. This was built in 1969, the same year that astronauts from the NASA’s Apollo 11 space mission landed on the moon’s lunar surface. It was the age of exploration and space fever was gripping the world.
The 18-metre rocket tower – about six stories high – was designed and built by the then-Public Works Department.
A spiral staircase leads ever upwards around and around to the top.
Glass windows in the body of the rocket tower provide glimpses of the surrounding park, teasing of the view at the very top.
At the top of the Upper Seletar Reservoir Park lookout tower is a balcony where you can drink in 360 degrees views of the reservoir waters and upper reaches of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. See if you can spot Singapore Zoo in the distance too!
Walk along the Water
Upper Seletar Reservoir Park has a long stretch of track where you can take a leisurely walk beside the water.
At the far eastern end of the park, there is shelter which looks out over the water.
There is no playground at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park but there is a little gravely path set amid low bushes next to Car Park C. Think of it as a nature “play walk”.
The park has a simple exercise area too.
Upper Seletar Reservoir Park Fishing Grounds
For those who are interested in the rod and the reel, the Upper Seletar Reservoir Park fishing grounds are located along Mandai Road.
Those arriving by bus can also make their way into Upper Seletar Reservoir from Mandai Road along a track from there.
Upper Seletar Reservoir Park: Old School Vibes
Upper Seletar Reservoir Park is one of four major parks, together with MacRitchie Reservoir, the Lower Peirce Reservoir and the Upper Peirce Reservoir, around the Central Catchment Area. It is a place where you can experience serenity and a trip back to a time when heading to a park, sitting down and looking out over the water was something to be enjoyed.