New Kid on the Block
March 28, 2011 § 16 Comments
We were in an adventurous mood this weekend and decided to explore a different part of the island called Bishan. Centrally located in Singapore, Bishan is famously known for: having an award-winning designed community library; attracting foodies to the Upper Thomson Road shophouse eateries; and boasting one of the island’s largest neighbourhood parks with a coverage of 52 hectares (128 acres).
What drew us to Bishan was, of course, the dog run in the park. It was nice, for a change, to try out a different dog run even though we felt like new kids on the block (coming from the West of Singapore). Maple had a slow start at making new friends here, as did some other newbies. It was a sniff fest with each dog apprehensively investigating one another.
After some time, tensions eased and the furry ones began to let loose their inhabitual need to chase (or, in Maple’s case, to be chased). Fortunately for Maple, we were situated in the small dogs enclosure so she didn’t have to worry too much about getting into any potential mishaps with enthusiastically playful big dogs.
The big dogs get to enjoy their own designated free run area, which offers a much more generous green open space and is beautifully landscaped with a mangrove tree as a focal point (or, more accurately, a territorial marker).
What I like about the Bishan Park Dog Run is the park-like ambience. Despite being surrounded by high-rise housing, you get the feeling of being submerged in a green oasis—it was, indeed, that peaceful. The family-friendly atmosphere provided a wonderful opportunity for children to bond with their family companions in a safe environment and, likewise, for the dogsters to interact with the little ones.
The dog run at Bishan Park is a relatively new installment, so the fencing, lighting, benches, and equipment are all in fairly good condition. My only gripe would be the gravel paths, which make it a little discomforting to walk on with sandals. You may want to wear covered shoes if you decide to visit!
Given the limited amount of room in the small dogs enclosure, we probably won’t be returning to the Bishan Park Dog Run on a regular basis for Maple’s free run exercise. We will, however, drop by occasionally for Maple to meet and interact with new doggie pals—I think that’s what most of the folks we met that day had in mind, too.
Until then, we have this public service announcement to make:
To the four-legged owner who lost his/her pink tennis ball at the West Coast Park Dog Run on March 13th, please know that Maple is keeping your toy safe under her guard. We would love to return it to you, so please drop us a line. In the meantime, would it be alright if Maple continues to take the pink tennis ball out for a play at the dog runs? Who knows, maybe we might just bump into you!