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Singapore East Coast Park to offer more facilities and open spaces
Singapore’s National Parks Board plans to offer more open space, improved accessibility and a wider range of amenities at the East Coast Park when improvement works are completed in 2019.
Singapore’s largest and most popular park, visited an average of 7.5 million times annually, is currently seeing the National Parks Board (NParks) progressively improving three sites - Raintree Cove, Big Splash and the site of the former Goldkist Chalets.
With enhanced amenities such as a bicycle park, water play area and open lawns, NParks hopes to funnel crowds away from the more popular areas like Marine Cove.
The improvements are seeing the former Goldkist Chalets being transformed into a bicycle park with cycle-through eateries, bicycle kiosks, circuits and trails for users of varying skill levels. It will serve as a pit-stop for cyclists using the 150 kilometre Round Island Route.
At the Big Splash site, parts of the former waterpark will be retained and converted into a vertical playground with a lookout tower. It will be flanked by a shallow wading pool with multi-chromatic water jets. Sports activities and large-scale events can also be held at the site’s new amenities, such as a sand pit and multi-purpose lawn.
At the revamped Raintree Cove, a large open lawn will be framed by a series of gardens.
Introducing the plan NPark’s Group Director of Parks Development Kartini Omar states “our focus right now is on this area because it is currently heavily used, very well utilised and very crowded.
“Therefore, we see this need to redistribute and spread out the crowds and reduce congestion in this high activity zones so everyone can have a better experience at the park.”
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who opened an exhibition showcasing the improvement works, added “NParks has done well to transform our recreational landscape and parklands, to enhance Singaporeans’ mental and physical well-being.
"My challenge to NParks is to make East Coast Park a beloved national icon and transcendent experience.”
Images: Artist's impression of Raintree Cove (top) and the cyclist park (below). Courtesy of National Parks Board.
24th January 2017 - SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT COMMITS TO INCREASING OPEN SPACE FOR EXPANDING POPULATION
17th July 2016 - $10 MILLION INITIATIVE TO CHANGE THE GREENING OF PUBLIC SPACES
27th June 2016 - SINGAPORE’S FORMER RAIL CORRIDOR TO BECOME A LINEAR PARK
9th May 2016 - SINGAPORE VISITOR ARRIVALS SET TO EXCEED FORECASTS IN 2016
23rd February 2016 - SINGAPORE LOOKS TO LIVE UP TO UNESCO CREATIVE CITY DESIGNATION
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