East Coast Park is a 15km long stretch of seafront park, the largest in Singapore, nestled along the southeastern coast of Singapore. Spread across 185 hectares of reclaimed land, the beautiful park is a much-loved spot among the locals who flock here to windsurf, swim, kayak, picnic, swim, barbecue, bicycle, skateboard and eat. The East Coast Park with the swaying coconut palms and the stunning sight of the turquoise water is an ideal place enjoy a splendid afternoon in Singapore.
Synonymous with sporty outdoor activities, East Coast Park stretches from the Tanjong Katong Road in Joo Kiat to the National Sailing Centre in Bedok. It also connected to the Changi Beach Park by the 8km Coastal Park Connector Network. The bicycle track at this mesmerising park is often flocked with cyclists and rollerbladers, while the water babies can be spotted enjoying water sports and aquatic activities. East Coast Park also houses the world-class Xtreme SkatePark, heaven for thrill-seeking skateboarders.
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Activities at East Coast Park
Barbecuing With around 80 barbeque pits available, East Coast Park is the perfect place to savour up some delicious barbeque. Pre-booking is required to book a barbeque pit. It is highly recommended to carry cleaning solutions with yourself, in case the previous user hasn't left the pit in its best state of cleanliness. The park does not provide the charcoal, fire starters, wire mesh, and other items of use for the barbeque. The food also needs to be bought from elsewhere in advance.
Camping Camping by the sea is a great way to spend a night at the East Coast Park. Camping overnight is allowed at Area D and Area G on obtaining the camping permit. It is recommended to camp in Area D, which is closer to the eateries, bicycle rental shops and toilets with shower facilities. Sleeping under a sky full of twinkling stars, and waking up to a mesmerising sunrise, while camping at East Coast Park is indeed an ethereal experience for stargazers and nature lovers alike.
Fishing East Coast Park is excellent for fishing. The jetty is 370 m long with the views of the sunrise and sunset from the pier exuding immense beauty. Do bring your own rod. If lucky, one might even catch an octopus or a shark ray! However, do watch the weather as there are a limited number of shelters.
Cycling and Inline Skating The park is equipped with a well-paved path, perfect for running, jogging, cycling, and rollerskating. One can either get a bike or rent it from the rental bike kiosks here. The route is flat all the way down to the destination, so the beginner does not have to be worried about going up and down on undulating hills.
Watersports At East Coast Park, the Aloha Sea Sports near the Area E lagoon offers immense opportunities for water sports. One can go for stand up paddling (SUP) or windsurfing courses with an instructor, the facilities of which are available for both beginner and advanced levels. They also have the facilities for renting SUP and windsurfing equipment from the centre. They also provide SUP boards for kids as well.
Marine Cove Playground Located next door to the East Coast Park, the main play areas of Marine Cove Playground were constructed for children aged 5 to 12 years old. Best timing for kids to be here is morning or late afternoon. A three-storey Play Tower modelled after a lighthouse is the highlight of this place.
Sandcastle Building There is ample space for sandcastle building at the sand play Area E of the park.
Waterski Park There is a cable ski facility at the park where people can enjoy water sports without even going out into the open sea. Children as young as 6 years of age can participate. This is ideal for those who enjoy water skiing.
Xtreme SkatePark The park has facilities for skating too. Located at Area F, beside Car Park F1, there is a wide range of circuits for various levels of proficiency. They provide rails, ramps, bowls and more challenging features for a fun experience. Adults, kids and teens can visit with their skateboards, cycles or scooters and experience fun at this park, which is about the size of two and a half football fields.
Laser Tag The laser tag facility in East Coast Park has two rooms, accommodating about 20 people at a time.
East Coast Lagoon Food Village
There's no better way to end the day at East Coast Park than with a hearty meal at the East Coast Food Lagoon, Feast on local favourites like satay and barbecued chicken wings while enjoying the sea breeze.
There is also a Seafood Centre at East Coast Park which offers brilliant food from jumbo tiger prawns to lobsters.
East Coast Park BBQ Pit
Booking a Barbecue pit in East Coast Park is quite easy, which makes it a perfect place to host a barbecue outing. There are about 80 BBQ pits in 6 different areas (Area B, C, D, E, F and G) in East Coast Park. The distribution of pits is as follows:
Area B - 6 BBQ pits Area C - 26 BBQ pits Area D - 16 BBQ pits Area E - 8 BBQ pits Area F - 10 BBQ pits Area G - 14 BBQ pits
One can book either of the two types of BBQ pits available-
4 metres BBQ pit comprising of 1 BBQ pit, 1 stone table beside it and 1 stone table and 6 seats
6 metres BBQ pit comprising of 2 BBQ pits, 1 stone table beside it and 2 stone stables and 10 seats
The cost of booking will depend on the type of Barbecue pit one rents. The booking can be done in 3 ways :
AXS Station: This is a simple and easy way to rent a BBQ pit and one only requires NETS card or cash for using it. The first step is to find the nearest AXS station, which is basically a one-stop multi-application terminal providing e-commerce and payment services. To ease the process of finding an AXS station, one can look for the nearest station on the internet and then reach there. Upon reaching there, tap on 'Government' and 'National Parks Board' buttons and press 'continue' to proceed with the booking. Go through the rules and regulations. The next series of steps are -
Enter the preferred date and select the Park Location
Select the BBQ pit area. The pit areas are labelled by alphabets.
Select BBQ pit location. The pot locations are labelled by numbers.
Enter contact information (Name, NIRC etc)
Check the details and select NETS payment mode. Keep the printed receipt safe for verification by park rangers.
Phone Booking: Booking a BBQ can be done by just making a call to 6560-2727. The number operates from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily. Inform the Customer Service Officer of the park about the BBQ pit number one wishes to book. It must be noted that this reservation should be made at least one day in advance of the actual date. Also, after 24 hours of the phone booking, one has to complete the payment by visiting any AXS station. The steps involved in proceeding with AXS are -
Select 'Government' and 'National Parks Board' buttons to begin.
Select 'Internet/Phone booking payment' button.
Input the NRIC number used to make the phone booking.
Keep the printed receipt safe for verification by park rangers.
Online Booking: One is required to log on to https://e-station.axs.com.sg/NParks/Internet_Payment/ and then start to begin the booking process. Click 'I Agree' after reading all the rules and regulations to continue with the booking. The next set of steps are -
Select the preferred date, Park area and park name to perform the search.
Select Barbeque pot area given by alphabets and location given by numbers.
Enter the contact details (name, NIRC etc)
Check the details and click 'Confirm' to proceed.
You'll receive the booking confirmation.
The booking is from 12:00 PM to 8:00 AM of the following day.
There will no refunds or modification in pit or pate after booking.
BYOP stands for Bring Your Own Pit, which is highly recommended for people who have their own pits.
It is recommended that booking of BBQ pits must be done at least a month prior to the actual date as the good spots get booked quite quickly, especially those near toilets, pavilion and car parks.
Applying for Camping Permit
Visitors require a permit for camping at East Coast Park. Camping is permitted only at the designated areas, Area D and Area G. To apply for a camping permit one can simply apply online on NParks website or from any AXS stations. The permit is required on all days, weekends as well as public and school holidays. The steps to apply online for a camping permit are given below -
Visit the NParks website (e-station.axs.com.sg/AXSOnline/bo_eservices/NParks_Camping/particulars.php) and go through all the rules and regulations.
Get ready with all the camping participants' NRIC details before starting to apply. Then click Start to proceed.
Click 'I agree' after reading all undertakings.
Select the camping start and end dates, particulars of the main participant which includes NRIC, name, contact number, email address and the NRICs of the camping group. Click 'Continue'. The application form filling is then done.
The next page is the Confirm application page, which requires one to confirm the application details by re-entering the details of main applicant as well as other campers. Click 'Confirm'.
Go the nearest AXS station and get the camping permit printed out. Keep it safe.
How To Reach East Coast Park
Bus The nearest bus stops to East Coast Park are 92289 (Marine Cove), 92191 (Opposite CO C3), 92199 (Aft CP C4), 93181 (Opposite Victoria JC), 93179 (Island Resort S'pore), 93171 (Opposite Island Resort S'pore), 93169 (Before CP D5), 93161 (Before CP E1), 93159 (Cable Ski Park), 93151 (Opposite Cable Ski Park), 92251 (Opposite Parkland Green), 92261 (Opposite Playground @Big Splash), 91101 (Tg Katong Flyover) and 91111 (CP B1).
To reach areas B to E of the park, alight from bus stops along Marine Parade Road and then take a short walk through the underpasses to reach the park.
Take bus numbers 16, 36, 55, 76, 31, 135, 155, 196 and 197 to Marine Parade Road.
From central Singapore or to travel to areas F and G, take bus no 36 from Changi Airport Passengers Terminal Building 2 and stop at the 2nd stop or bus no 48 or 196 to Marine Parade Road and then walk south one block to East Coast Parkway(ECP) and Cross it to reach East Coast Park via one of the pedestrian underpasses.
Those heading to only East Coast Park can catch Bus 36, which offers a faster and more direct route since it uses the expressways. The route of this bus is from Changi Airport to City Hall and Orchard Road and back again. One can get off at Parkway Parade and use the overhead bridge to walk to Katong or stop at Mandarin Gardens or Lagoon View, which are the bus stops along Marine Parade Road. From there, take one of the underground walkways under the ECP to get to the East Coast Park.
Other bus lines stopping at East Coast Park are 12E, 31 and 47.
MRT MRT is one of the best ways to reach East Coast Park for those willing to take public transport. The East-West MRT Line runs throughout the East Coast from the centre to Pasir Ris and Changi Airport. However, the East Coast Park is not located near any MRT. The Thomson East Coastline is currently under construction and is estimated to be in operation in 2023. Once it is completed, the visitors can drop off at Amber, Marine Parade, Marine Terrace, Siglap or Bayshore Station to get to East Coast Park.
For now, Bedok MRT Station is the nearest for those coming in by train. Alight there and on weekends from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM, take bus 401 from Bedok Bus Interchange and alight anywhere along the East Coast Park. It must be noted that bus 401 operates only on weekends and public holidays. Or else, take the bus numbers 196 or 197 which drops at East Coast Park directly or somewhere nearby. Another option is to take a taxi from there.
The East Coast park starts at the end of Tanjong Katong Road in Katong and ends at National Sailing Centre in Bedok, which is closest to the Tanah Merah MRT Station EW4. From there board Bus 31, alight at Lagoon View, Marine Parade Road and walk to Angsana Green.
Car and Taxi There are taxi-hailing applications that one can use conveniently, without having to look for exact directions. Flag a taxi from anywhere and alight at any designated taxi stand at the park. Or else, one can self drive their cars to the park, taking the East Coast Parkway (ECP) exit 7A (Laguna Flyover) and then turn left onto East Coast Park Service Road.
Car Parking The free car parks for East Coast Park are B, C, D, F, G and H. Car park E is available for a charge. The parking is available at the nearest car parks, subject to availability : East Coast Park - Car Park E1 - Furthest away from the event site (549 lots) East Coast Park - Car Park E2 - Nearest to the event site (353 lots) East Coast Park - Car Park E3 - 50m away from event site (42 lots) East Coast Park - Car Park F1 - 100m away from event site (29 lots) Rates for Car Park E1, E2 and E3: Monday to Friday before 5:00 or 6:00 PM- SGD 0.60/30 minutes from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Friday after 5:00 or 6:00 PM- SGD 0.60/30 minutes from 5:00 PM to 7:00 AM the following day, Parking charges capped at SGD 5.00 from 10:30 PM to 7:00 AM the following day Saturday - Same charges as weekdays Sunday/Public Holidays: Same charges as weekdays
The first time I visited East Coast Park (ECP) it felt like I had stepped into the backyard of Singapore. The sound of the waves, children playing, people swimming, sandcastles on the beach, the smell of barbecue and the restaurants- it was like I’d stepped into a story in some book. Something about Singapore, that is one of my fondest memories is cycling down ECP on its well maintained tracks during the late afternoon just before sunset. The pleasant sea, breeze, smell of the sea, and the colorful pretty sunset made it seem magical. Highly recommend cycling down ECP at least once to get away from the hustle and rush of Singapore and truly relax!