East Coast Park

The East Coast Park (Chinese: 东海岸公园; Malay: Taman Pantai Timur; Tamil: கிழக்கு கடற்கரை பூங்கா) is a beach park encompassing the planning areas of Marine Parade, Bedok and Tampines, along the southeastern coast of Singapore. It was opened in the 1970s, when the government completed reclaiming land off the coast at Katong which extends from Changi to Kallang. It serves various seaside communities such as Kallang, Marine Parade and Bedok.

Panaromic View of East Coast Park Coast
Sea Coast off East Coast Park
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Sunrise at East Coast Park, Singapore

The 185 hectare East Coast Park is the largest park in Singapore, and is built entirely on reclaimed land with a man-made beach, where swimming is possible. The beach is protected by breakwaters.

The park is a popular place for people to relax and unwind. The park has barbecue pits, chalets, food centres and amenities for various sports activities. Visitors can fish at Bedok Jetty (Area F). A cycling and inline skating track runs along the perimeter of the park, which measures over 15 km long. It is connected to Changi Beach Park by the Coastal Park Connector Network, a 12 km park connector running along Tanah Merah Coast Road.

Overnight camping is permitted in East Coast Park, at Areas D and G. A Camping Permit is required and can be obtained from the National Parks website.

East Coast Park
East Coast Park Panorama, Mar 06
East Coast Park
Locationsoutheastern coast of Singapore
Coordinates1°18′14″N 103°55′35″E / 1.303956°N 103.926373°ECoordinates: 1°18′14″N 103°55′35″E / 1.303956°N 103.926373°E
Area185 hectares (460 acres)
Operated byNational Parks Board

Attractions

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East Coast Park

LilliPutt Indoor Mini Golf

LilliPutt Indoor Mini Golf is Singapore's first themed indoor mini golf course and has 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) facilities within the Playground at Big Splash complex on East Coast. (This area close in 2016 because of redevelopment)

LilliPutt – meaning the little land of golf - features a creation of miniatures of well-known Singapore landmarks around an 18-hole indoor mini golf course, each of them fitted with visual animation and sound effects. These include an MRT train that moves a distance of three metres when the golf ball enters the carriage, a ball putted through the Haw Par Villa hole that “lights up” the eyes of the dragon, and a mini cable car that transports the golf ball to Sentosa Island where there is a musical fountain.

Goldkist Beach Resort

Goldkist Beach resort has permanently ceased operations. This chalet resort was originally owned by Costa Sands Resort of NTUC Club, but ceased operations on 3 January 2006 when its 30-year lease expired. Island Resort took over the site and started operations from 1 March 2007. The resort was then mostly renovated and re-branded Goldkist Beach Resort. It had 195 single and double-story units.

Ski360° Cable Ski

The East Coast Lagoon underwent renovation in 2005 under the Singapore Sports Council's plan to build a whitewater sports stadium at East Coast Park. Singapore's first Cable Ski Park, Ski360°, opened at the refurbished East Coast Lagoon in January 2006. It was closed in late 2014.

National Sailing Centre

The National Sailing Centre, run by the Singapore Sailing Federation, conducts activities such as sailing and wind surfing.[1]

East Coast Lagoon Food Centre

The East Coast Lagoon Food Centre opened in 1977, and is a popular hawker centre among locals and tourists. In late 2013, the hawker centre was upgraded to give it a newer and fresher look, with new features.

East Coast Seafood Centre

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East Coast Seafood Centre

The East Coast Seafood Centre was opened at the same time as the East Coast Park, with eight restaurants serving seafood. Its initial name was UDMC Seafood Centre, which was later changed in 2000 to its current name. Popularized for housing several major local seafood restaurants, the seafood centre serves local favourites such as chilli crab, black pepper crab and mee goreng. In 2005, the Seafood Centre was upgraded to give it a modernised look, and better facilities. Many of the features were revamped, and a number of old tenants vacated for new tenants to take their place.

The Seafood Centre has become a popular dining spot for tourists and locals alike, with many of the establishments being fully booked on most evenings. Given that most of the dining tables are placed outdoors, diners are able to dine while enjoying the sea breeze and sights of the numerous ships anchored in the Singapore Strait.

Marine Cove

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Marine Cove

Marine Cove (formerly known as the East Coast Recreation Centre), is a building complex in Area C at East Coast Park where in the past, many cafés, restaurants, and bars were located. It also used to have a bowling alley and a billiards saloon.

There is a McDonald's restaurant in Marine Cove, opened in the 1980s. It featured both a drive-thru and a "skate-thru" counter. It was closed in March 2012 for the area's redevelopment.

The new Marine Cove featuring a greater variety of dining options and a 3,500sqm children's playground at the redeveloped facility, reopened on 28 June 2016.[2][3]

Xtreme Skatepark at East Coast

The Xtreme Skatepark at East Coast is the first skate park in Singapore built in accordance to international competition standards, allowing extreme sports enthusiasts within Singapore, and from around the region, the opportunity to display their skills. Jointly developed by both National Parks board and the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), the skate park promises to provide an avenue for both professionals and beginners alike the experience of enjoying extreme sports suited to their skill levels.

The skate park is separated into three areas:

Streetcourse
This section of the Skatepark caters to intermediate and advanced skaters and bikers, consisting of street obstacles such as stairs, handrails, ledges and gaps.

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View of Bedok Jetty from East Coast Park

Combo Bowl
This section is built for intermediate to advanced level skaters and bikers. The layout, featuring different depths, corners, a spine and a bank wall, allows riders/skaters to traverse continuously around the sections of the bowl.

Vertical Bowl
This 3.6m area is a challenging bowl for advanced skaters/bikers, containing a channel with different corners.

Bedok Jetty

Bedok Jetty is the longest fishing jetty (250 m) in Singapore. It is located in Area F of East Coast Park.

It is the most popular jetty for fishing in Singapore, but it is also frequented by cyclists, rollerbladers, joggers or park visitors since it is a part of East Coast Park.

Bedok Jetty was originally built by a local businessman Mr Yap Swee Hong at a cost of $1.5m in 1966. He did this to facilitate the import of scrap metal from the Americans who were engaged in the Vietnam war at the time. It was built in the reclaimed land of East Coast under the East Coast reclamation. It was used by Singapore Armed Forces in 1975 to receive the refugees after the surrender of Saigon to the North Vietnamese forces. An SAF Field Hospital was deployed to Bedok Jetty to provide first aid and other essential medical services to all Singapore bound refugee boats fleeing South Vietnam following the Fall of Saigon in 1975. The area is also used temporarily for military training exercises from 2010 to 2017 before it was acquired for redevelopments in Bayshore area.

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View of Bedok Jetty from East Coast Park

Siglap Canal

Located near Area C4, a new lawn and lookout deck in East Coast Park was opened to provide visitors with an additional area for recreational activities as well as a community space. The enhancements were carried out with drainage upgrading for a 230m section of the Siglap Canal to the sea.

Parkland Green

Parkland Green is a development at Area C1 features new dining and recreation retail outlets. It features a recreational lawn for visitors to have picnics and enjoy the seaview.

Transportation

The park is accessible by East Coast Park Service Road with numerous exits along the East Coast Parkway. The place provides ample parking space with many carparks situated along various areas of the park. SBS Bus Service 401 stops along the East Coast Service Road from Bedok Bus Interchange during weekends and public holidays. Underpasses link the park to the nearby Marine Parade housing estate.

Competition Venue for Singapore 2010: The First Youth Olympic Games

Sport

Triathlons have been held in East Coast Park since the mid-2000s till today. For example, the popular OSIM triathlon and Tri-factor race series offer triathletes the option of taking part in the sprint and olympic distance categories. For the olympic distance, racers compete in a 1.5 km swim in the sea in Area E just next to the lagoon. This is 2 laps of 750m, marked by floating buoys. They then transition to the bicycle leg of the race at Angsana Green, a huge empty field just opposite the swim area. From Angsana Green, it is a 40 km cycle consisting of several laps between the transition area and the National Sailing Centre along the East Coast Service Road and the cycle track of the park. The final leg of the race will begin at the transition area, consisting of a 10 km run from Area E towards Area C. The run consists of 2 laps of 5 km and requires racers to run the length of Area D several times. Along the way, race marshals and drink stations mark the route.[4]

Location

Less than one-kilometre away from the National Sailing Centre on the south-eastern part of Singapore, the venue for triathlon is situated along the East Coast Park, Singapore’s largest and most popular public beach and park. The area offers a wide range of facilities – food, recreation, entertainment and sports.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Ministry of Education Sea Sports Centre (MOESSC)". Ministry of Education. Archived from the original on 2007-07-09. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
  2. ^ "Marine Cove at East Coast Park to reopen end-June".
  3. ^ "2 new developments to offer visitors more recreational options at East Coast park". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  4. ^ a b First Youth Olympic Games: East Coast Park Archived 2009-05-02 at the Wayback Machine

External links

Athletics at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games

Athletics competitions at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games were held at the National Stadium, East Coast Park and Kallang Practice Track in Singapore from 6 to 12 June 2015. A total of 46 athletics events are featured at the 28th SEA Games, divided evenly between the sexes. The marathon started and finished in the stadium and had a route in the surrounding area including the East Coast Park, Marina Bay and the Gardens by the Bay.A total of eleven games records were broken at the competition. Further to this, 42 national record marks were equalled or bettered and three regional bests for Southeast Asia were set. The regional records included 5.30 m in the men's pole vault by Porranot Purahong and 16.76 m in the men's triple jump by Muhammad Hakimi Ismail.Thailand maintained its long streak at the top of the athletics medal table, winning seventeen events and ending the competition with 39 medals. Vietnam was the runner-up with eleven gold medals among its haul of 34 medals. (Thailand was most successful in the field events, while Vietnam won most of its medals on the track.) Indonesia won the next highest number of gold medals at seven, while the Philippines had the third highest medal total with 21. The host nation Singapore won three gold medals. Seven of the eleven participating nations reached the medal table.Two Filipino Americans—Eric Cray and Kayla Richardson—won the men's and women's 100 metres and a third, Caleb Stuart, won the men's hammer throw. Cray completed a double, defending his 400 m hurdles title as well and being one of seven athletes to win two individual gold medals at the games. Two Indonesian women had doubles: Maria Natalia Londa won both the women's long jump and triple jump titles, while reigning 10,000 m champion Triyaningsih won over that distance and also the 5000 m (the fourth time in her career she had won that double). The remaining three doubles were achieved by Vietnamese athletes: Nguyễn Thị Huyền won the 400 m flat and hurdles, while Dương Văn Thái and Đỗ Thị Thảo won all the men's and women's middle-distance titles between them.A total of seventeen athletes defended their titles from the 2013 Southeast Asian Games, with both Đỗ Thị Thảo and Maria Natalia Londa completing the same doubles they had previously. Zhang Guirong had her sixth straight win in the women's shot put, while Triyaningsih extended her unbeaten run in the 10,000 m to five. Jamras Rittidet took his fourth consecutive SEA Games gold medal in the men's 110 m hurdles. Three women had their third straight SEA Games wins: Rini Budiarti (steeplechase), Nguyễn Thị Thanh Phúc (20 km walk) and Subenrat Insaeng (discus).

Athletics at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games – Men's 20 kilometres walk

The Men's 20 Kilometres Walk event at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games was held at East Coast Park, Singapore on 6 June 2015.

Athletics at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games – Women's 20 kilometres walk

The Women's 20 Kilometres Walk event at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games was held at East Coast Park, Singapore on 6 June 2015.

Bedok Police Division

The Bedok Police Division (or 'G' Division, Chinese: 勿洛警区) is one of the seven land division of the Singapore Police Force. Bedok Division covers approximately 114 square kilometres of the eastern sector of Singapore. The building became operational on 1 August 1987 when the former Joo Chiat Police Station at East Coast Road was closed down.

Bedok Division comprises seven Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPC) and 16 Neighbourhood Police Posts (NPP). The seven NPCs are Bedok North, Bedok South, Changi, Geylang, Marine Parade, Pasir Ris and Tampines. Bedok Division serves about 800 thousand residents in private and public housing estates within our boundaries. In addition, scattered throughout the division's jurisdiction are several industrial estates, as well as other commercial, sporting and recreational facilities, which include the Singapore Sports Hub, East Coast Park, Our Tampines Hub and Downtown East.

Big Splash, Singapore

Big Splash, also known as Playground @ Big Splash, was a dining and recreation area formerly located at East Coast Park in Singapore. It was once a waterpark before its major redevelopment in 2006.

Changi Bay

Changi Bay (Chinese: 樟宜湾; Malay: Teluk Changi) is a planning area located in the East Region of Singapore. The planning area is bordered by Changi to the west and the South China Sea to the east, north and south. This planning area also includes the South China Sea island of Pedra Branca.The area encompasses 1.7 square kilometres, and with the exception of the two islands, consists entirely of reclaimed land. Despite its remote location, it is the site of installations like the Changi Naval Base, Navy Museum and SAF Yacht Club (Changi). There are no residents permanently living in the area and there are also currently no plans for permanent residential settlement in that area. There is only one public transport option in the area, which is bus service 35. The Coastal Park Connector which connects East Coast Park to Changi Beach Park cuts through and runs along almost the entire perimeter of the area. Access to the two offshore islands are restricted.

The area falls under the jurisdiction of the Bedok Police Division and the 2nd Singapore Civil Defence Force DIV HQ.

East Coast Park Service Road

East Coast Park Service Road (Chinese: 东海岸公园副路; Malay: Jalan Perkhidmatan Taman Pantai Timur) is a road in Singapore that runs along the northern perimeter of the East Coast Park and parallel to the East Coast Parkway. It provides access from Marine Parade, Fort Road and East Coast Parkway to the park.

Some cyclists use the road as a less crowded alternative to the 11 km cycling track at the East Coast Park.

East Coast Parkway

The East Coast Parkway (Abbreviation: ECP) is an expressway that runs along the southeastern coast of Singapore. The expressway is approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) in length, and connects Singapore Changi Airport in the east to the Benjamin Sheares Bridge in the south of the main island, and to the Marina Coastal Expressway. It has an interchange with the Pan Island Expressway at the Changi Flyover, about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) from the eastern end of the expressway.

Unlike other expressways in Singapore which abbreviation ends with 'E' for 'Expressway', the East Coast Parkway abbreviation ends with 'P' instead.

Previously, the East Coast Parkway used to be directly connected to AYE. However, with the opening of the MCE on December 29, 2013 a section of expressway after the Benjamin Sheares Bridge was truncated and another section at the Marina South area realigned and converted into an arterial road.

Bus 36 is the only service to use almost all the expressway as part of its route.

East Coast Seafood Centre

The East Coast Seafood Centre (Chinese: 东海岸海鲜中心) is a tri-block food centre in East Coast Park, Singapore, best known for co-locating several major local seafood restaurants, including Jumbo Seafood and Long Beach Seafood Restaurant. Jumbo Seafood established its first and flagship outlet at the Centre in 1987, with the ability to seat up to 1,200 diners at a go. Some signature local dishes are served there amongst the various restaurants, in particular the chilli crab and the black pepper crab, the latter of which is claimed to be invented by Long Beach Seafood Restaurant. Some of the restaurants offer seaview dining.

Opened at about the same time as the park by the Housing and Development Board, the complex is managed by National Parks Board, which currently houses seven seafood restaurants. Originally known as the UDMC Seafood Centre, (where UDMC stands for Urban Development and Management Company), it took on its current name in 2000. In 2005, the centre was renovated, resulting in a change in tenant in some instances.

As of June 2007, other seafood restaurants housed here are No Signboard, Fisherman's Village and Red House. For the latest list of restaurants, see the external link provided below.

The Seafood Centre can be reached by car from the East Coast Park Service Road. A big carpark is located just in front of the Seafood Centre.

List of beaches in Singapore

This is a list of beaches in Singapore. Although Singapore is a nation composed of islands, the physical state and extent of its beaches today pales in comparison to their proliferation and quality two centuries ago. Rapid urbanisation and land use pressures necessitated the disappearance of most of these natural beaches as a result of land reclamation.Today, most of the beaches still in existence are man-made, formed at the edges of newly reclaimed land, the longest being the one along the East Coast Park. There is currently (June 2009) plans for a further man-made beach in dedication to Jorge Toomer, Ian Curnow and Ben Smith, due to their efforts in sea turtle cultivation. One of the oldest naturally existing stretches of beach is at the northern end of Changi Beach.

National Sailing Centre

The National Sailing Centre is located at the south-eastern tip of Singapore along the East Coast Park. It occupies 2.4 hectares of land.

Park Connector Network

The Park Connector Network (PCN) of Singapore is a network of walking/running/cycling paths that connects the various parks and other green spaces in Singapore. Both the parks and the PCN are managed by National Parks Board (NParks).As part of the National Cycling Plan to promote cycling, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is constructing networks of cycling paths within towns. These cycling paths connect with the PCN, enabling people to safely cycle both intra-town (e.g., from home to MRT station) and inter-town (longer distance cycling).

Sailing at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games

Sailing at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games took place at the National Sailing Centre in East Coast Park, Singapore and Marina Bay, Singapore between 6–14 June.

Siglap

Siglap is a neighbourhood located in Bedok in the East Region of Singapore. The area also encompasses the Frankel and Opera Estates and their names have sometimes been used interchangeably to refer to the approximate same area. The planning subzone area of Siglap as defined by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is confusingly and inaccurately referred to as the small strip of land between Victoria Junior College and Bedok South Avenue 1. It is a residential area where a majority live in landed homes such as freehold semi-detached houses and bungalows. Some of the land parcels near Siglap Centre have been redeveloped into serviced apartments and condominiums. The few Housing and Development Board flats in Siglap have been demolished in 2015 under the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme. The East Coast Park is also located nearby, across the East Coast Parkway.

Singapore Sailing Federation

The Singapore Sailing Federation (Abbreviation: SSF; Chinese: 新加坡帆船协会), also known as SingaporeSailing, is the National Sports Association (NSA) responsible for the management and organisation of the sport of sailing in Singapore.

The Federation works closely with Sport Singapore, on various fronts and adheres to the various rules and regulations required by Sport Singapore for NSAs. SingaporeSailing stewards the sailing industry in the country in partnership with various clubs and affiliates around the island state and works closely with the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) on the high performance front.

The Federation is currently headed by Dr. Lincoln Chee and it is headquartered at the National Sailing Centre in East Coast Park.

Triathlon at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics

Triathlon at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore took place at East Coast Park. There were competitions on August 15, 16 and 19.

Triathlon at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics – Boys'

Boys' triathlon was part of the triathlon at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics programme. The event consisted of 750 metres (0.47 mi) swimming, 20 kilometres (12 mi) cycling, and 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) running. It was held on 16 August 2010 at East Coast Park. The park is Singapore's most popular public beach and park; it is the venue of the Osim Singapore Triathlon, an Olympic triathlon event which began in 2002. Competitors swam in the open seas of the Singapore Strait and raced on the park's 12-kilometre (7.5 mi) track.Aaron Barclay of New Zealand finished the race in first place. He was among the first few athletes to complete the first leg of the race and led a pack of nine riders in the second leg. Barclay ran neck in neck with Kevin McDowell of the United States before reaching the finish line. The event was Barclay's first triathlon outside Oceania, and his gold medal was New Zealand's first medal in the Youth Olympics. McDowell, who was a favourite to win the race after winning the American qualifying event, finished in second place. Alois Knabl of Austria finished third to win the bronze medal. Knabl was one of several athletes from his country who had the highest chances of winning a medal. Zimbabwe's Boyd Littleford and Bermuda's Ryan Gunn, who were in the final two places after the swimming segment, teamed up to complete the race together. Littleford had difficulties swimming when his goggles broke while underwater. Singapore's Scott Ang finished the race in 29th place.

Triathlon at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics – Mixed relay

4x Mixed Relay Triathlon was part of the triathlon at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics programme. The event consisted of a relay with each athlete performing 250 metres (0.16 mi) of swimming, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) of cycling, and 1.7 kilometres (1.1 mi) of running. It was held on 19 August 2010 at East Coast Park. The teams were made based on the results of the boys' and girls' triathlon event held of August 15–16, 2010. Each team had two boys and two girls and were split by continent. A total of 15 teams raced in the event.

Triathlon at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games

Triathlon at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games was held in East Coast Park, Singapore from 6 to 7 June 2015.

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