East Coast Park
With a total land size of 185-hectares, and a scenic coastline that stretches over 15 km, East Coast Park is one of Singapore's most treasured urban getaways, attracting more than 7.5 million visitors a year. Themed "Recreation for All", East Coast Park offers an exciting diversity of sporting, dining and recreational activities catering to various segments of the public.
Bowling alleys, volleyball courts, holiday chalets, restaurants and a hawker centre can all be found in this park.
Event lawn, Health & fitness activities, Wifi-services, Water-sports centre, Tennis courts, Taichi corner, Sand play area, Skate and bicycle kiosk, Restroom / Toilets with or without shower facilities, People's Association Water-Venture, Pond, Kite flying corner, Jogging path/ running track, Holiday chalets, Hawker centre, Grand lawn, Fishing jetty, Foot reflexology footpath, Fitness corner/ stations & fitness equipment/ exercise station, Food & beverage area/ restaurant/ cafe, Cycling track, BYOP, Bowling alleys, Bicycle rack, Barbecue pits, Amphitheatre Large open spaces, fitness equipment at Areas B, C and E, 80 barbecue pits, 12 km cycle track, 15 km jogging track, bicycle and skates rental kiosks, 7.5 km sandy beach, refreshment kiosks, restrooms, restaurants, hawker centre, water sports centre, tennis courts, ponds, reflexology footpaths, bowling alleys, holiday chalets, camp sites, new extreme skate park.
The beautiful scenery and refreshing atmosphere makes this a place you can bring your lover to. Went there with my boyfriend on many occasions and he would rent a double-seater bicycle and cycle me around the different areas. Really loved the view and spending time with someone I care about with such a simple yet fun activity. Cycling at East Coast Park is affordable and easy, select the type of bicycle you wish to use and the price range is about $6 to $8 depending on the store you pick.
The price of dining at East Coast Park is flexible. There are fast food places like Macdonald’s, a Hawker Centre with delicious food (I recommend ordering two bowls of rice and yummy plates of food items like lala or kangkong to go with your meal) which are affordable. Restaurants like No Signboard Seafood Restaurant are a little pricier.
When night falls, I highly recommend sitting on the beach at around 10.30pm to 11pm to watch the sky and listen to the sound of the waves lapping against the shore. If you’re lucky, the entire sky would be clear and countless stars can be easily discerned. I enjoyed sitting there and was lucky enough to see a starry sky once. (It almost made me miss the last bus though!)Truly enjoy myself every time I visit!
Otherwise, just booking the BBQ pit and spend some outing with family or friends is enough for a day. Remember to bring some sun tan lotion as it can get seriously hot.
However, as time goes by, the beach can be very dirty and overcrowded, especially on weekends. The water is dirty and murky, but can't be helped as there's ships parked nearby and rubbish littered around.
Overall, it is not all that bad. There are nearby facilities and amenities wherever you are in East Coast compared to last 5-8 years. There are more restaurants, hawker food, street soccer courts, prawning and etc. If you are adventurous and wishes to explore more on foot, you could travel from East Coast to Esplanade. Weekdays are best for a silent and peaceful remedy to spent rather than on a weekend.
Besides the food, ECP also has rentals for inline skates and bicycles. Since I used to school nearby, I used to be there very often taking up different sports with my friends. However, I do feel that these days East Coast Park has become abit too crowded and overrated. I preferred it when it used to be more quiet and a place to relax.
Before I was even consciously aware of myself, my mum used to bring baby me to the lotus pond area to 'bath me in sunlight' because I was born with some yellow skin defect. Seeing my permanent tan today, I'd say the experiment was a complete success.
A few years later, I was eagerly looking forward to weekly outings at the defunct East Coast Macdonald's. They even had a playground then! On special nights, I also got to ride on my uncle's bicycle and picked stray golf balls with him outside the defunct golf course near Parkway Parade.
During my school days, I'd come here for many school activities like the road run and road safety park events. Some of my greatest triumphs in school happened here. The adolescent years were pretty emotional (you know, the usual shit) so I cycled regularly to the last breakwater near tanah merah country club and, having watched too much tv, screamed out to the sea in frustration at my life. I discovered that TV was right - I did feel better after that.
Another few years down the road, I would ride my motorbike and camp at the hilly area after Bedok Jetty. It used to be filled with palm trees, which were great for tying hammocks on. My friend and I would set up our tents under the shade of those trees and idle the days away.
As fate would have it, I participated in the marina east development park project during my poly attachment, which is actually an extension of ECP. Finally, in recent years, my marathons always took me through the length of the park and back.
As you can see, East Coast Park was like the stage to my life story. Sadly, most of the props were gone now. Change is the only constant in life, so while I can’t say I like the park better now with its weekend crowds and expensive cafes, the memories it holds will always render the place dearest to my heart.
Situated right by a long and gorgeous, albeit a tad dirty beach, this is as relaxing as life can get for me in Singapore. If like me, you enjoy going for long distance workouts, than there really is no better place to do it than here.
A week before christmas, a friend invited me to a chalet at East Coast park. We then swam at the beach. However, the waters are too murky. We cant even see our hands even it was just a few centimeters deep. The most shocking discovery would be the "cloth" we stepped on. We do not need to be physicists to know that cloths are less denser than water so supposedly it would float but in this case, it did not. This discovery coupling with the murky water made us paranoid schizopernics as we heard news about findings of dead bodies in ECP.
The government is doing something about these litters but I guess they should do more. It might affect the Singapore's reputation as a "clean" country.
Although the beach at East Coast Park is nowhere near beautiful as compared to the beaches in other countries, it is by far one of the nicest park beaches in Singapore, as its sand is relatively clean, and the water does not reek of oil (like that of Pasir Ris Park).
The park certainly makes for a wonderful place to have a family outing, or a gathering with friends, as it houses several facilities like bicycle rental shops, skate rental shops, barbeque pits that are available for usage upon booking, as well as several restaurants and fast food centres.
I would recommend going to East Coast Park near evening, as that's when the beach will be encompassed by a sunset glow, and you can have a sumptuous meal at Jumbo nearby, enjoying the taste of delectable seafood all the while watching the evening sky, accompanied by a slight sea breeze.
This place is certainly relaxing in itself - a rare deviation from the usual state of constant hurry that's so often seen in the city. A great place to let your hair down, have a good meal, rent a bike for a ride perhaps, then settle down on a bench to people watch.
Once you enter East Coast Park, you can see the sea from a distance away. Many bicycle rental shops are near the entrance and at the shops, you can rent skates too! It is reasonably cheap to rent bicycles and skates there as they will usually give you another hour free if you purchased the 2 hour package. Even though some of the bicycles are not new, they are still handy and sturdy. The sea is not very clean though, but it still allows you to take a breather from the busy schedules and simply enjoy the breeze. Some distance away, the east coast lagoon food village is like a hawker centre that sells food for the hungry people. I would always grab a cup of sugarcane juice after cycling for some distance, it is super exhilarating! Locals' favourites such as satay, hokkien mee and char kuey teow are also popular amongst the people. Many office employees dressed in formal wear would travel down to this hawker centre to have their lunch on hot sunny days. This proves that the food there is absolutely yummy! If you are looking for fast food however, they have Burger King and Carls Junior in the park itself too. Sadly, the iconic Macdonalds that everyone loves to visit has been removed.
Also, at the coastal area, many people can be seen fishing or prawning. Young children can be seen playing near the beach, building sandcastles and chasing one another around. East Coast Park is a popular place to hold barbecues too! However, some people do not have the habit of disposing their rubbish properly, making the barbecue areas dirty and unhygienic. There was once my friends and I wanted to catch the sunrise at East Coast Park and we were sitting at the seats. However, to our horror, we saw three big fat rats running past into the sand. Therefore, it would be great if people who visit East Coast Park spare a thought for others and keep the park clean.
Meanwhile, it is still an excellent place to hang out at and sweat it out on sunny days. Absolutely perfect for weekends! Not to mention, you will not be spending a lot in East Coast Park too!
The younger generation are too young to run about on their own, but they seem at peace with combing the beach looking for seashells, building sandcastles and blowing bubbles as the adults look on. For the teenagers, we prefer renting a bicycle or roller blade and coast down the long stretch on the park. It is the longest park in Singapore as compared to the others and also the best place to cycle in my opinion. When you are tired, you can take a break at one of the boardwalks and watch the numerous number of people fishing. The sky will also fade into a beautiful glow during dusk, which is a breathtaking view as well.
For the older generation, they usually sit around on chatting as they enjoy the BBQ food and sea breeze while some would go fishing by the sea.
It is also an usual sight to see people pitching tents to spend a night under the blanket of stars.
The ECP is quite inaccessible and taking public transport could easily take up an hour or so if you do not stay in the East, but with your own transport, it would be a breeze!
Although it is slightly difficult to access due to the limited bus stops and services, East Coast Park is still the preferred choice for me to hold any events or gatherings. This is because it is the most centrally located beach and the others are located at either end of Singapore, making it inconvenient for those staying at the extremities. However, even most of my Singaporean friends have trouble knowing how to get to East Coast Park so perhaps they should make more services beginning from interchanges other than Bedok. Otherwise there is really no point in being central!
This beach is also relatively clean (in fact I think the beaches in Singapore are improving by leaps and bounds already so I do not want to complain so much about this). But mosquito repellent is still a must, as usual! Toilets are also distributed evenly, and within close accessibility and makes cleaning up from messy oily BBQ preparation easy!
One very disappointing fact is the closure of the MacDonald’s. An all time favourite for the regular park-goers, this branch of MacDonald’s just holds such special memories from the time I was a primary school kid till now, an adult. It was always a convenient location to grab a bite for an affordable price compared to every other restaurant around, and still enjoy cooling down in air con comfort from previously basking in the hot sun.
East Coast Park will not be the same without this MacDonald’s but I hope they will build a new place for new memories to be created.
East Coast Park is a great place to getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, with fresher air and more green sceneries to take in. There is even a jetty for people to witness others who go there for fishing. It’s always a refreshing experience being there with the sights and sounds of the waves crashing onto the shore, laughter everywhere and basically seeing everyone having fun with their family and friends.
My favorite thing to do there is to cycle or rollerblade. The space allows you go as fast or slow as you want, without the worry of knocking into pedestrians because they have a separate path for that. East Coast Park is connected all the way to Changi, so if you’re up for some intense adventure you could cycle all the way there!
Also, they have amazing food at the seafood lagoon which is perfect after exercising and using up all your energy. My favorite dishes at the seafood lagoon are the salted vegetable duck soup, oyster omelette and the chicken wings. You’ll never go wrong with anything at the seafood lagoon, so order away! They are pretty famous for their pig trotters too.
East Coast Park will always be a part of me even though I don’t get to visit as often anymore.
It’s a great place to hang out with your friends, especially in big groups. Sandy beaches, blue seas, cycling tracks complete with lush greenery, what’s there not to like? I have fond memories of having picnics and playing games with my class on the beach. A park connector linking East Coast Park to Marina Bay has also recently opened in April 2015 and provides a scenic route for cyclists to take. On my way to Marina Bay, I cycled past Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer and Marina Barrage and was rewarded with many stunning shots of these iconic landmarks against the pink and purple hues of the sky. The next time you’re organising a get together with your buddies, why not go to East Coast Park?
My favourite route so far would be the the route towards Changi Village Hawker Centre. It is approximately 15 km there and the thought of having food at the destination is a huge motivating factor for me. The route is not extremely scenic, but it’s pretty tranquil and smooth for most of the journey. The cycle to Marina Bay is also quite enjoyable and more scenic than the one to the hawker centre. Well, you either get the food or the view!
East Coast Park also offers many other activities such as rollerblading, or the family bikes. The family bikes seem pretty fun but I never got round to do it as they cost a lot more than the usual bikes. The bike shop I usually frequent is the one next to Burger King, and the service there is great too! When you’re out for some fresh air, consider visiting East Coast Park for a cycle!
If it is a hassle to bring your own bicycle along, you can easily rent one. Prices start from around S$5 an hour. Look out for those with promotion, most will throw in another hour free if you go for one or two hours. Overnight bicycles rental are available too, check out the rates from the different shops before you decide.
You can pick up inline skating while you are there too. Otherwise just rent a pair of skates. For beginner skaters, East Coast Park is not an advisable to skate as the grounds there are uneven and there are slopes at some areas. You should have good control over your skates otherwise it can be quite dangerous. There will be many bicycles around too, do keep that in mind when you are skating as well. If you do, always put on your knee and elbow guards before skating. Safety first!
You will notice barbeque pits along the way as you cycle or skate. You will need to book the pits in advance. Do not just head there expecting to use it as someone else might have already booked it. Choose from the different areas and prices start from S$16 per pit. Other than the two huge bins at the side, other barbeque equipment or items will not be provided.
Otherwise, you can just bring a picnic mat and find a good spot overlooking the sea, enjoy the cool sea breeze. The water will not be as clear as you expect. There are shelters too, but it will be usually taken up. If you are hungry, you can head over to the food centre for some of the best local dishes or coconut juice. A trip down to East Coast Park will guarantee you a fun-filled day with plenty of activities for the entire family.
I remember 6 years back when I first moved into the area, regular evening jogs at ECP was something that I look forward to unwind after a long day. Back then the park was less populated and naturally more peaceful. Unfortunately in recent years the traffic has significantly increased with more youngsters engaging in activities such as chalet, cycling and BBQ. On weekends the crowd gets even more overwhelming with the gatherings of (mostly) foreign workers.
Even though I welcome the idea of more people utilising the national parks for their leisure activities, it is a pity that ECP has lost its tranquillity that I now call precious. With Singapore upgrading more and more areas to accommodate the nation's vision for a larger population, I find that it is a pity how even the parks are being commercialised till they lose their charm as nature's gem for humans.
Thus even though ECP is now equipped with more bike rental shops and upcoming eateries to cater to the increasing crowd, it has definitely lost its glow that once only runners and those who came to seek respite could appreciate. Nonetheless on weekday afternoons, some gleams of peace still reside in this time-honored park.
The activities I do most at ECP will be cycling or roller-skating with my friends. Doing such activities along the beach while enjoying the scenery is really surreal and relaxing. After these activities, you can always drop by the food centre or eateries nearby for a hearty meal. Another alternative will be to rent a barbeque pit and enjoy a BBQ dinner with your friends.
Even though ECP's waters may not be the cleanest, and it doesn't boast the best scenery, I still like it as it's one of the few places in Singapore where one can take a break from the busy school or work life, and just chill out by the beach.
It also is a great place to work out. Personally, I find that running on the beach itself will surely provide a good workout as the beaches are clean and this, partnered with the relaxing ambience that east coast park emits, is a perfect marriage in ensuring a peace of mind whilst running.
Being one of the few beaches in Singapore, east coast park is surely worth the visit.
It also brings back memories of my secondary school days, when I would have PE classes at the park. Running along East Coast Lagoon Food Village never fails to make me hungry. Talking about food, East Coast Lagoon Food Village has one of the best "Satay Beehoon" that I have ever eaten in Singapore. More recently, hanging out with friends at Starbucks drinking Christmas drinks was the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of life. Hmm, I think I might need another Toffee Nut Frappuccino soon.
Diners and food stalls are cleverly scattered around the park's area. One restaurant I particularly like is one called 'clayton fun'. If the beach is not enough fun for all the adrenaline seekers out there, the park boasts an incredibly long bicycle lane that I felt was almost endless when I cycled there.
Bring your children for a day of fun at the beach, or take a romantic stroll with your significant other.
A check with NEA reveals that S'pore has 350 parks to date ! (you mean Hong Lim Park is a park ?!)...but there can be no doubt that the East Coast Park is everyone's favourite park.
Why so? The sea breeze comes easily to mind,... 15km of free breeze for the taking...and of course the bicycle rental and many BBQ pits that many enjoyed as a school-going children or teenagers endeared the park to many a grown up, or perhaps for their first date?...and of course, the Bedok jetty, 250m of pure pleasure. Not to forget, the East Coast Food Centre...yummy eats at pocket friendly prices...
The beach is not really the main attraction...as it can be dirty at time while the sand is not of the fine powdery kind. But there's no denying it's still the best beach we have (try the West Coast, yes...unthinkable! Try Kranji Beach,,are you kidding me ?...) Let's not talk about Sentosa Beach or Palawan Beach....you don't need to pay tourist dollars to visit East Coast Park...Case closed.
So have some time to spare ? make a date with East Coast Park...