01 Agustus 2011

East Coast Park- Sea, Sun and Sports Galore

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Singapore is a group of islands whose vibrant entertainments attract visitors each year from all over the world, making tourism one of its most successful industries. From shopping and various parks, to diversified festivals; visitors to Lion City can be sure of non-stop entertainment.

Located off East Coast Parkway, East Coast Park is one of the most popular places for recreation, especially water sports. Spanning 185 hectares, East Coast Park is the largest and most popular park in Singapore and is built on reclaimed land with a man-made beach where swimming is popular. The park has been in operation since the 1970s.

Visitors to the park engage in a wide array of activities, from water sports to other recreational activities to dining. For families, some of the popular things to do at the park are barbequing and picnicking. There are 80 barbeque pits facilitated in the park for barbequing.

The park is renowned for offering a multitude of sporting activities such as cycling, rollerblading, cable skiing and (more particularly) water sports. But if you’ve “been-there-done-that” and are looking for some extreme sports action, do not miss out on the Xtreme Skatepark.

The park, taking into mind the preferences of all kinds of visitors, also comes equipped with volleyball courts, bowling alleys, tennis courts, restaurants and a hawker centre. Fishing is something else that visitors to the park enjoy and you might even have the luck of catching a huge barammundi. Tents can be seen pitched all along the beach of the park but if you do have camping on your mind you will have to get a permit from the AXS machine.

Some more fun activities available at the park are kite flying and photography. It even has facilities to do tai-chi and other wellness activities such as yoga. There is also a reflexology footpath. Cycling is a great way to take in the picturesque coast; conveniently, the Park has a 12 km cycle track. Fitness fanatics can indulge in exercise and workouts in the areas where fitness equipment has been installed while joggers may look forward to the 15 km jogging track

A 10,000 square foot facility is available for indoor mini golf where miniatures of well-known Singapore landmarks sit in an 18-hole indoor mini golf course.

There are plenty of seafood restaurants, cafes and F and B outlets to soothe famished appetites. The East Coast Hawker Food Centre is great to savor the local dishes of Singapore. There are also refreshment kiosks conveniently placed all around the park, as well as restrooms. For accommodation one may look to the holiday chalets and other accommodation facilities in and around the park but if you’re looking for a luxury hotel Singapore presents the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel which overlooks the Singapore river. This Hotel in Central Business District is located close to Orchard road. The hotel has executive accommodation, business support services and wireless connectivity to keep not only the business traveler at ease, but also caters to the leisure traveler with its sense of luxury and delicious cuisine from its award-winning restaurants.