Oct 8, 2010

Kent Ridge Park


Formerly known as Pasir Panjang Park, it was renamed Kent Ridge Park in honour of the Duchess of Kent and her son, the Duke of Kent, who visited the ridge in 1952. On 3rd October 1952, a plaque that commemorates their visit and renames the park was erected at the junction of Kent Ridge Road and South Buona Vista Road.
It was a 47-hectare public park located in southwest Singapore; the park's highest point is Carpark B, at 61 metres above sea level and provides panoramic views of West Coast Park, Pulau Buran Darat, Pulau Bukom, and some southern offshore islands. 
As part of the Army's adoption of the park as The Army Green Park, two decommissioned M114 Artillery Guns and an AMX-13 Light Tank are displayed in the park. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, the National Heritage Board erected a plaque at Carpark B in February 1995.
Canopy walk-Measuring 280-metres long, the bridge links Kent Ridge Park to the museum Reflections of Bukit Chandu, enhancing the park's and museum's accessibility to the public, especially the elderly and physically challenged. Walk along the bridge, you will be able to see sunbirds, doves, squirrels, lizards, and white-crested laughing thrushes.

This post is the first part of my Singapore Southern Ridges series.

Next: Alenxandra Arch.

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