With the theme "Play Centre in the West", the western portion of West Coast Park has been transformed into a haven for park visitors who enjoy challenging and adventurous activities. Standing at the centre core of area 3 is the Adventure Play Area that caters to people of different age groups, from toddlers to young adults.
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Come only with an activity in mind
Well, what I would say is go to WCP only when you have something to do in mind.
I frequent WCP to do inline skating, and honestly, comparing this park to the crowded East, i prefer the tranquil environment here much more. Also, for skaters, the grounds are evidently smoother to cruise and that's an absolute advantage. For those who want to go on a picnic or BBQ, play some frisbee, volleyball, or football, you will find the space you need at WCP. For those who wants to go on a stroll, you can enjoy the seaside breeze along the perimeter of the park. The sea here is docked with boats, but it's good enough for me.
Families looking for some fun in the sand will be disappointed, so ECP or Sentosa would be a better alternative. The downside here is that there are no bicycle or skate rentals (only paddle go-karts) so teenagers on a class outing might be disappointed with their find. Also, despite less human traffic compared to the East counterpart, the only Macdonald's here does get crowded on the weekends.
For students who want to study for long hours at a fastfood joint, the Macdonald's here will we ideal - but only on the weekdays, or late in the night on weekends.
Anything you can do we can do better...
The small cousin of the much larger and better located East Coast Park, this park is still a gem. Almost three kilometers end to end as opposed to the 18 kilometers you can find at the east Coast Park.
The park offers lots of facilities: play parks, fitness facilities, boardwalks, a dog run, camping, a few restaurants, beach promenades (OK, use your imagination a little), adventure playground equipment for young and old. It is as if they are trying to provide the westerners of Singapore with something like what the easterners can enjoy, and they succeed.
Whilst the West Coast Park is only a fraction of the size of its big eastern brother, it is still a lovely park. Is it worth a special visit? Probably not. This is a park for the people of Singapore.
A peaceful and tranquil park
As compared to its more well known counterpart East Coast Park, West Coast Park is significantly smaller and has less amenities and restaurants. In fact, the only choice you have is macdonalds and there is only one bicycle rental shop that mainly provides go-kart services. Also, I feel that the park is rather enclosed and one could not enjoy much scenery when taking a walk or riding a bike.
Nonetheless, despite all the shortcomings, I love West Coast Park for the fact that it is not as crowded and crammed. This is especially so during the weekdays, where anyone can fly a kite, play Frisbee and soccer, or have a nice picnic in the open field peacefully and without much obstruction. Nowadays, you could hardly do that at any other parks, much less at places like marina barrage. Moreover, West Coast Park shies away from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. If you need a place to chill out on a lazy afternoon, the park is a perfect choice. With its three huge playgrounds, the park is also popular with the youths, especially those who love to scale the pyramid structure that is rather iconic of the park.
Fond cross country memories!
I really like the park and I've been there every year for I think 3 years for my school's cross country. It was especially exciting every time we went there, despite the sun. It was fun running with my friends even though the distance is terrible. We always went to McDonalds for breakfast before the run and lunch after. Which reminds me of how I especially like how special their McDonalds' looks. It's a stand alone and has two rooms to itself! In fact, I sometimes go there at night for supper.
I remember I used to confuse this park for East Coast Park because after all they are both parks. If I'm not wrong, I think WCP underwent renovation and it probably looks different now. I have to go check it out soon. It's kinda funny how they are called parks but they are allocated alongside beaches. This park has more web-like and playgrounds than ECP though, so I would think this is more catered towards children.
I miss going to the park to play with the facilities. I haven't been there much since my school stopped organising cross country events there. I hope that my school reconsiders West Coast Park as a venue for cross country again this year so I can have fun there again with my friends.
East beaches have some tight competition!
The population there seems sparsely populated resulting in a tranquil atmosphere where I was able to hear the symphony of birds and swishing waters. They sounded like there were holding on to hand held microphones connected to a gigantic amplifier. Never had there been a venue in SIngapore where orchestras were dominated by nature.
The McDonald's there had successfully been allotted a slot in my book of good hooks. Yes. I became hooked on to this outlet despite the distance. This is after all at the West. It was a McDonald that had traits similar to any stalls that are placed right smack in the middle of a foreign island. This surroundings that were alien to me along with it's alienated venue made this McDonald a rather rare outlet of unexpected delight.
Unfortunately, the price has rocketed upwards when it comes to fuel. Fewer people are keen to speed off for kilometres across the red dot just to feed their ears with nature's very own symphony and fast food.
Oh yes! Unless your humble domain is at the West, it won't be fast to reach this fast food outlet!
lazy time at a park
As a camp instructor for a secondary school camp, we visited West Coast Park for fun and games. My first impression was: “Woah, this park is very out of the way!” We spent some time actually finding the place, and the typical GPS couldn’t find the place too. Upon reaching the park, there is a huge MacDonalds situated at the park; it is a good rendezvous point for people to meet up as the park is huge!
There are some facilities at the park, but as compared to East Coast Park, you would say that West Coast Park is its poor cousin. One thing I like about the park is that it is a lot less crowded than others, so it is a very good place for relaxing or hanging out with friends!
There is one or two playgrounds at the park for children to keep themselves occupied, and a huge sand pit for even younger kids to build castles. The high tide in the park is quite high, as it will drown out a whole walk way! There is no beach line like in east coast, and the ships are very close to the shore! I feel that the park can be more developed structurally and be more accessible to the public, but generally a peaceful place to have a night stroll when one is feeling troubled.
My relationship with this park goes way back when I was a little kid. The main spectacle of West Coast Park has got to be that spiderweb of a pyramid which I loved climbing and spending some alone time at the top. Being at the top and looking down on people seems to make the world so insignificant and I just love chilling and reflect a bit on my life while enjoying the view.
West Coast park sure isn't as busy as its sister in the East, and I find it more accessible which makes it all the more attractive to me. My only, ONLY lament is that there are not a lot of facilities (which might explain why it isn't as popular) and all the entertainment you're gonna have while you're there is going to have to be brought over from home. It would make all the difference if there were a bicycle/skates rental shop there.
Overall, though, it is a great place to hang out when you don't wanna travel all the way to, say, Marina Barrage (I mean, why do people even go there? To enjoy the artificial grass and cityscape? Surely that's no way to relax!) just to be out in the sun.
The Playground of Rivalry
I've been to West Coast Park more than once during my Journeys to the West. It's different to East Coast Park in so many ways that it seems unfair to make the comparison at all. Each park brings a unique experience and what the West Coast Park brings me is fun. Unhindered, unlimited fun.
I was there with several of my friends one night. With the huge playground sprawling in front of us, we wasted no time besting each other in the various structures we find. By the time we found the obstacle course with competing lanes, the warm up was done and we are ready.
At the sound of 'Go!', all 7 of us scrambled like hunted rabbits toward the finishing line. It didn't take long for the cheaters to start showing their true colors. Two of my friends started climbing OVER the first obstacle instead of through it. Fortunately, the climb over the obstacle wasn't an easy task in itself and the cheaters didn't gain much of an advantage over the rest of us.
Towards the end of the race, we had to traverse down a rope net that leads gradually to the ground. Seeing that I'm third in place and probably wouldn't reach the ground before the first guy, I decided to just let go and let myself roll down the net instead. Acknowledging my rolling efficiency, a few of my friends started letting go of the net as well. The result was a pile of bruised bodies after the avalanche of human snowballs hit the ground. I won the race, though I must admit that the rolling strategy was an act of a desperate man.
We had an awesome time at the playground. But other than that, West Coast Park don't really have much to boast about. There was no beach and the sea view was marred by the PSA shipyards nearby. It might be a quiet and relaxing place to chill out, but for me and my friends, relaxing was never an option in West Coast Park.
Good family fun
When I tell my kids we are going to West Coast Park, they will think McDonalds. This is because the McDonalds at West Coast Park is right at the entrance to the park and the big play ground is also besides Mcdonalds.
The play ground is the place where my children can spend many hours, they never seem to get enough and there are also many different play areas within the play ground. My youngest son is always very reluctant to play in sand because the new play ground in HDB areas do not have sand anymore. But when he went to West Coast Park, he would forget about cleanliness and totally enjoy himself running around in the sand.
Some parents believe letting children play in sand will help them build up their body resistance, I am a believer.
The gentle twin of East Coast.
If we say that East Coast Park is the good looking twin brother, West Coast Park is probably the weaker and honest younger twin. Comparing to East Coast Park, West Coast Park is less developed in terms of facilities, they are no facilities such as big splash or wakeboarding or orchid garden nor skates rink. However, West Coast park offers serenity, open space, less crowded, easy parking and quiet place to enjoy the afternoon.
I have often went to west coast to run as it is less crowded and it does not stretch as long as East Coast Park, so there is no such thing as point of no return during a run. However, it is not really suitable for skating, especially if you intend to skate to both sides of the park. On the side with the McD, it is still great as the path is cleared of debris, but on the other side after the underpass, there is a lot more rocks and branches. So it is not recommended for beginners. Well I wasn't able to get out of the under pass after I almost crash on my way down.
From what I recall, there isn't really a beach here and there is just a little bit, so for beach goers, do not waste your time here. This is more a place for a quiet picnic and suntan.