Lakeside story

The historical Nanyang Lake is now a gleaming body of water after eight months of work to revitalise it. Chrystal Chan checks out what you can do down by the water

Share good vibes

Cosy open spaces around the lake are ideal for music enthusiasts of both kinds – those who perform and those who would rather listen. Either way, the intimate crowd the music gathers will be a joyous one. International pop sensation Stefanie Sun started performing with her group named Rubber Band during her early days as an NTU undergrad. Who knows, the next Sun may be born by the lake.

“I can imagine how special it would be to perform here at night. Here’s hoping we’ll have a music festival by the lake soon!” – Zack Chng, performing with his Hall 3 band, The Rebounds
Cast it

The lake is home to wildlife of all kinds, including wizened turtles, striped-fin guppies and larger fish like silver carps and tilapias. The NTU Angler’s Club helped to move the fishes out of the lake during the rehabilitation works. You need approval before you can fish there and anglers should practise catch-and-release. Let the lake thrive naturally by not releasing fish or any other creatures into it as it can upset the ecosystem of the lake.

“I like coming to the lake as it is so tranquil and serene. It’s a nice place to relax, go for a run or get inspiration for writing new music.” - First-year accountancy student Zack Chng
Fly a kite

Wide pavements straddle the rejuvenated lake, lined with aquatic plants that help keep it clean. Take a leisurely stroll, or go for a jog for some exercise, or have fun flying a kite. As the wind blows, listen out for the sounds of nature, from the calls of parakeets and sunbirds to chirping crickets.

“The lake is a nice place to fly kites because of the constant breeze, and it was fun to see our colourful kite going up into the sky.” - First-year business student Maybelline Lim
Sail away

You might have seen the sign boards – swimming in the lake is not allowed because of its rocky depths. The middle of the lake is 3m deep. Even at certain parts near the edge, it runs to a depth of about 2m and you wouldn’t want to risk someone drowning, so don’t dunk anyone in either. But why enter the water when you can have other safer modes of fun? Here, Maybelline and Zack test the waters with a remote-controlled sail boat.

Have a happy meal

Skip the crowded canteens on a cool day. Pack some food and have a laid-back picnic by the waters instead. There are plenty of tree-shaded spots scattered around the lake, and more than enough space for friends to chat over a sandwich or two. Sit back and watch ruby red dragonflies flit by and unwind. Just remember, don’t toss any trash into the water and clean up once you’re done to keep the lake and the surrounding area looking as beautiful as it is now.