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Pasir Ris Park

Description

In Malay, Pasir Ris means "beach bolt-rope', referring to a stretch of bolt-rope-like narrow beach. Pasir Ris Park is a large coastal park (70.52 ha) found on the North-eastern part of Singapore which was developed on reclaimed land in 1988. It covers a 6.6-km stretch along the coast, spanning across the mouths of two rivers (Sungei Api-api and Sungei Tampines). Run by the National Parks Board, the park is landscaped and designed mainly for recreation.

There is a plot of mangrove forest (6 ha) on the banks of Sungei Tampines which was conserved in the park itself.  Running through the forest is also a boardwalk for visitors to explore and be close to nature as they walk through stands of mangrove trees from the genera Avicennia, Bruguiera, and Rhizophora. Rarer plant species include Aegiceras corniculatum, Bruguiera parviflora and Rhizophora stylosa. Many mangrove-associated animals such as Giant Mudskippers (Periophthalmodon schlosseri), Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta), Shore Pit-vipers (Cryptelytrops purpureomaculatus), and Malayan Water Monitors (Varanus salvator) can be found in the forest. A three-storey Bird Tower was also built bird-watching purposes. At night, one can also see fireflies glowing against the darkness of the forest.

Pasir Ris Park offers a quiet and idyllic beach space for many activities (barbeque, cycling, inline skating, water sports, and even pony-riding) and it is in particular a favourite spot for camping. There is also a big playground on the western side of the park whereas the Kitchen Garden offers a great sensory experience as people explore the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. In the year 2009, it was one of the most popular outdoor recreational sites in Singapore in 2009.

Getting there

The nearest train station is Pasir Ris MRT Station. There are a few ways to enter the park. One can take the bus service 403 from the Pasir Ris Bus Interchange and alight at the Pasir Ris Road entrance. Alternatively, one can walk directly towards the Mangrove Boardwalk via its new entrance along Pasir Ris Drive 3, located at the traffic stop opposite the bus interchange. The walk takes around 10-15 minutes.

For people who drive, carparks are available along Pasir Ris Road, Pasir Ris Green, Pasir Ris Drive 3 and Jalan Loyang Besar.

Other Resources

National Parks Board. Pasir Ris Park. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=parks&id=26&Itemid=73. (Accessed December 2011).

Guide to the Mangroves in Singapore. Pasir Ris Park. http://mangrove.nus.edu.sg/guidebooks/text/1017.htm. (Accessed December 2011).

References

Chou, L. M., 2011. Coastal Ecosystems. Pp. 64-72. In: Ng, P. K. L., R. T. Corlett & H. T. W. Tan (editors), Singapore Biodiversity. An Encyclopedia of the Natural Environment and Sustainable Development, Editions Didier Millet, Singapore, 552 pp.

Ng, P. K. L. & N. Sivasothi (eds.), 1999. A Guide to the Mangroves of Singapore, Singapore Science Centre, Singapore, 168 pp.

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  • A checklist of Orthoptera in Singapore parks.
    Tan, M. K., R. W. J. Ngiam & M. R. B. Ismail (06 Mar 2012)

    The diversity of Orthoptera of urban parks in Singapore is inventorised. At least 61 species of Orthoptera were recorded from eight parks: Admiralty Park, Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West, Bukit Batok Nature Park, East Coast Park, Kent Ridge Park, Labrador Nature Reserve, Pasir Ris Park, and Sengkang Riverside Park.

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