In a recent poll conducted by Wall's Ice Cream, East Coast Park was named the happiest place in Singapore. This is unsurprising as East Coast Park is one of Singapore's most treasured urban getaways, with a scenic coastline stretching over fifteen kilometers, attracting more than 7.5 million visitors yearly. Located on the southeastern coast of the island, the 185-hectares park is the largest in Singapore and offers an exciting diversity of sporting (both on land and sea), dining and recreational options amidst sun, sand and sea. Facilities such as bowling alleys, volleyball courts, holiday chalets, restaurants and a hawker centre can all be found in this park.
East Coast Park's main feature is the man-made beach, safe for swimming and protected by breakwaters, with no other natural features. The open, coastal areas make this park a popular place for families and friends to relax and enjoy themselves, who gather around the barbecue pits, entertainment facilities and chalets. Sit back, relax and let the inviting waves and fresh sea breeze provide you with invigorating relief to the stifling heat and humidity of tropical Singapore. Restaurants, bars and cafés at Marine Cove and the iconic Big Splash offer a perk-me-up throughout the day.
(Update as of 18 March 2012: As part of National Parks Board's overall plan to expand and improve park facilities throughout Singapore, the recreational centre of Marine Cove and it's surrounding shops have closed. The area will be redeveloped as a recreational green lung, providing easy access to the beach in the future.)
For those looking for action, East Coast Park also offers a myriad of sporting opportunities on its waters and roads, such as cycling, in-line skating, cable skiing and other water sports as well as an Xtreme Skate Park for action sports enthusiasts to hone their techniques. In the evenings, head down for a barbecue or indulge in sumptuous cuisines at the East Coast Seafood Centre. Alternatively, take an evening stroll to the East Coast Lagoon Food Village, a no-frills establishment popular with locals for its offering of the freshest culinary seafood.
How To Get There?
Car: The park is easily accessible by the East Coast Park Service Road with numerous exits along the major thoroughfare known as the East Coast Parkway.
Public Transport: The park is also accessible via public transport in the form of bus services, available on East Coast Park Service Road (bus 401 from Bedok, only available on weekends).
Walking: Underpasses link the park to the nearby Marine Parade housing estate, which is served by many public bus routes (bus 36 runs between Changi Airport and the city) – 16, 31, 36, 55, 76, 135, 155, 196, 197, 853. The nearest MRT stations are Eunos (EW7: buses 13, 55, 155), Bedok (EW5: buses 31, 196, 197), and Paya Lebar (EW8/CC9: buses 76, 135).