Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Kent Ridge Park

Description

Kent Ridge Park is a 47 Ha park, designed to incorporate the natural vegetation and topography of the site. The ridge offers various look-out points with magnificent views of the southern off-shore islands.

On the eastern side of the park, towards the valley, is a natural pond with turtles and fishes. There is also a nature trail located near Carpark A, where visitors can enjoy the natural secondary forest that is rich with Tiup-tiup (Adinandra dumosa), Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans), Rubber Tree (Hevea brasiliensis), Wild Cinnamon (Cinnamomum iners) and Simpoh Air (Dillinea suffruticosa). Saplings of primary forest plants have also been planted in the park. Native orchids such as Bulbophyllum membranaceuum and Coelogyne sp.  and pitcher plants are also found here. Next to the nature trail is a biking trail for mountain biking enthusiasts. This trail offers technical single-track riding for intermediate to experienced mountain bikers.

Kent Ridge Park also consists of a 280 m long bridge, Kent Ridge Canopy Walk, which links the park to the museum, Reflections of Bukit Chandu. Along this bridge, visitors will get a chance to spot various species of birds, lizards and squirrels. There are also signages providing educational information on the various plants at the park and shelters for visitors to take a break.

The Kent Ridge Canopy Walk forms part of the Southern Ridges which links the park to Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Hort Park.

Getting there

Kent Ridge Park can be accessed from Vigilante Drive and Pepys Road. To enter via Vigilante Drive, take bus 200 and stop at South Buona Vista Road. For entrance by Pepys Road, take the MRT or bus service 10, 30, 51, 143, 175, 176 or 188 to Pasir Panjang MRT station.

Other Resources

National Library Board Singapore. 2009. Kent Ridge Park. http://infopedia.nl.sg/articles/SIP_1587_2009-10-26.html. (Accessed October 2012).

National Parks Board, Singapore. 2012. Kent Ridge Park. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=parks&id=20&Itemid=73. (Accessed October 2012).

References

Philips, N., M. Chang & P. K. Koh, 2011. Park Connector Network – A Case Study of Inter-Agency Collaboration. Pp. 154-155. 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.

Tan, H.T.W., L.M. Chou, D.C.J. Yeo & P.K.L. Ng, 2010. The Natural Heritage of Singapore (Third Edition). Pearson Education South Asia Pte Ltd. 323 pp.

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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