Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

West Coast Park

Description

West Coast Park was first developed in 1979 on a piece of reclaimed land. The 50-ha park runs along part of the West Coast Highway, extending from the mouth of Sungei Pandan to the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre. The park included part of the coastline. In the late 1980s, Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) commenced reclamation on the coastline, removing almost two-thirds of the park.

West Coast Park is divided into three zones. The western zone, located closer to the mouth of Sungei Pandan, consists of the remaining one-third of the coastline with two jetts extending from it. Also located in this zone is a one-hectare Marsh Garden, which is a rejuvenated mangrove with boardwalks and jetties. Within this zone, visitors can enjoy kite-flying in the open field, as well as the exercise and playground facilities. Barbeque pits can be found in the middle zone of the park. The eastern portion consists of a pond and a dog-run area.

Some of the birds that have been spotted in the park include the Crested Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus), Savanna Nightjar (Caprimulgus affinis) and Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos). Smooth Otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) have been spotted in the area—one was found dead in the park, possibly a road-kill.

Visitors to the park can also spot high numbers of the Faunus ater snails in the canals of the park and also in the artificially created pond, albeit in lower densities. Faunus ater is tentatively considered native to but has a very limited distribution in Singapore. A mere loss or disturbance of its habitat at West Coast Park could possibly lead to the local extinction of this species.


Getting there
The park can be reached by bus services 175, 176, 589 which have stops along West Coast Highway. West Coast Park is connected to Clementi Woods Park via the West Coast Park Connector.

Other Resources

Bird Ecology Study Group. Bird Ecology Study Group. http://www.besgroup.org/. (Accessed January 2013).

National Parks Board, Singapore. 2012. West Coast Park. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=parks&id=41&Itemid=73. (Accessed January 2013).

Sivasothi, N. Otterman Speaks…. http://otterman.wordpress.com/. (Accessed January 2013).

Streetdirectory. 2013. West Coast Park. http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/singapore/parks_in_singapore/29/west_coast_park.php. (Accessed January 2013).

References

Lok, A. F. S. L., W. F. Ang, P. X. Ng, B.Y.Q. Ng, and S. K. Tan, 2011. Status and distribution of Faunus ater (Linnaeus, 1758) (Mollusca: Cerithioidea) in Singapore. Nature in Singapore, 4: 115-121.

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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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