|Pasir Ris Park (白沙公园) occupies an area of about 71 hectares and the distinguishing feature of this park is the carefully preserved 6-ha mangrove forest, it is situated at the north-eastern part of Singapore island.
Boardwalks leads across the mudflats and brackish ponds, with information boards that give descriptions of the ecology of the area which includes mud crabs, mudskippers and mangrove trees such as Rhizophora and Bruguiera. A night visit of the boardwalks is particulary interesting. You might be rewarded with rare sights of fireflies and shy watersnakes in the mud.
Birdwatchers will be able to see birds perching on tree branches from the 3-storey high Bird Watching Tower. There are new restaurants including one where you can catch your own fish for dinner and pubs. And if you're into water sports, there are kayak, jet-ski, canoe and even banana rides. Children will love the playground with its giant space-net, cableways, innovative play stations and a maze garden, the playground proves popular among both young and old.
You can also find Gallop Stable, a first ever public pony riding at the park and admission is free. A woodball course; barbecue pits, bicycle and rollerblade rentals. The full length of the park is around 6.6 kilometres.
The park is cut into three sections by the Sungei Api Api and Sungei Tampines rivers.
Work on this 71 hectares Pasir Ris Park began in 1988 on land reclaimed between 1978 to 1979. A portion of the mature mangrove forest was preserved during reclamation.
A 5-hectare patch of mature mangrove forest wsa preserved during reclamatin and development by maintaining tidal inundation - rivulet was dug to connect the patch with Sungei Tampines. An additional one hectare of levelled vacant ground was also subjected to the inundation in 1989.
The term Pasir Ris is Malay for 'beach bolt-rope', implying a narrow beach.
There are guided walks, talks and workshops for walk-ins and organized groups. Please check out NParks website for more detailed information by clicking onto this link.