12 Sep '11, 1am

Is MacRitchie Reservoir Park too popular for its own good? Visitors complain crowds shatter peace, block running trails

Is MacRitchie Reservoir Park too popular for its own good? Visitors complain crowds shatter peace, block running trails

Park users enjoying the sights at MacRitchie (above). Some visitors are put off by monkeys, which pester them for food and seize items such as drink cans. -- ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM By Feng Zengkun With its still waters and lush forests, MacRitchie Reservoir Park is a magnet for nature lovers keen to relax and soak up the great outdoors. For some, however, the reserve has become a little too popular for its own good. They say the peace has been shattered by hikers and runners cramming the footpaths and boardwalks. One long-time visitor even compared MacRitchie to an amusement park. And its popularity is likely to rise further after construction work to improve its facilities is completed next month. 'As it is, I already have to run around couples who hold hands while hiking and block half the path,' said Mr Patrick Poon, 35, an IT analyst who jogs at the park three times a we...

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