Nov 2, 2010

Singapore: Pasir Ris Park

Pasir Ris Park is a favourite family weekend spot for many kinds of outdoor family activities such as picnicking, camping, BBQ, children playground, canoeing, swimming, kite flying, in-line skating, cycling and other water sports, so I’ve visited this place when I’m on Singapore. At the North-eastern part of Singapore Island, Pasir Ris Park is dissected into three parts by the rivers, Sungei Api Api and Sungei Tampines. Work on this 70.52 hectare park began in 1988 on land reclaimed between 1978 to 1979. It is the third-largest seafront park in Singapore and certainly among the best. It stretches along a couple of kilometres of the northeast coast, a short walk from Pasir Ris MRT Station. The term Pasir Ris is Malay for 'beach bolt-rope', implying a narrow beach.

There's a surprising variety of attractions here for both kids and adults, including a maze garden, adventure playground and sea fishing for kids; fish ponds; bicycle, rollerblade and kayak rentals. Part of this park encloses a pristine five-hectare mangrove swamp reserve, where many migrating shore birds feed and build their nests. A wooden boardwalk leads across the mudflats and brackish ponds, with information boards that give descriptions of the ecology of the area, and a large observatory tower for bird-watchers.

Open: Daily (24 hours) Admission: Free
Location: Bounded by Pasir Ris Drive, Pasir Ris Drive 3 and Sungei Tampines Pasir Ris Park stretches from Pasir Ris Road to Jalan Loyang Besar and can be accessed through Elias Road and Pasir Ris Green
Getting There: Take the MRT to Pasir Ris Station (EW1), then board SBS bus 403.
For more information please visit Pasir Ris Park in Singapore National Parks Board's website.

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