Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

East Coast Park

Description

East Coast Park covers a total land area of 185 ha and stretches over 15 km of the coastline. It is also part of the Eastern Coastal Loop park connector which links it to Changi Beach Park. The park and beach has been developed on reclaimed land and consist of a sandy beach, breakwaters, freshwater ponds, and canals.

Various sporting, dining and recreational facilities are offered at the park. With the throngs of visitors and the countless number of activities going on, one may overlook the wildlife that persists in the park. Some of the animals that can be spotted around the park include the introduced White-crested Laughingthrush (Garrulax leucolophus), Black-tipped Percher Dragonfly (Diplacodes nebulosa) and Dancing Dropwing Dragonfly (Trithemis pallidinervis). This park is lined with coastal plants such as Casuarina (Casuarina equisetifolia) that grow naturally in the park, Coconut (Cocos nucifera), and Sea Almond (Terminalia catappa).

Despite the beach being a reclaimed one, there are still various marine organisms living on the shores, such as the vulnerable Button Snail (Umbonium vestiarium) and rare Lined Moon Snail (Tanea lineata). The Painted Sand Star (Astropecten sp.), Cake Sand Dollar (Arachnoides placenta), sea cucumbers, various types of anemones, snails and crabs can also be found here. Even the Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) has been observed to nest on this reclaimed beach.


Getting there

Bus service 401 reaches East Coast Park Service Road but is only available on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. There are more buses available at Marine Parade Road: 16, 31, 36, 55, 76, 135, 155, 196, 197 and 853, and from there it is a short walk to the park.

There is no MRT station within the vicinity of the park but there are bus services available from nearby Eunos, Bedok, and Paya Lebar stations.

Other Resources

National Parks Board, Singapore. 2012. East Coast Park. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=parks&id=14&Itemid=73. (Accessed October 2012).

Tan, R. Wild Shores of Singapore. http://wildshores.blogspot.com/. (Accessed October 2012).

Related Documents

  • 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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