Psychology Volunteers on Bikes core group Mishka Watin, Edna Lee and Monica Manluluyo went to Singapore last June 23-30, 2014 to learn about the sustainable practices of Singapore and the growth of sustainable development in the country.
At 185 hectares with a 15km cycling and inline skating track, East Coast Park (东海岸公园) serves various neighborhood communities such as Tanjong Rhu, Marine Parade, Bedok and Tampines. East Coast Park is built entirely on reclaimed land with a man-made beach that offers people an easy getaway place. It opened in the 1970s when the government finished reclaiming land from Changi to Tanjong Rhu.
East Coast Park offers an avenue for a myriad of activities such as cycling, inline skating, cable skiing and water sports, among others. Families or friends may also camp and enjoy a barbecue in some zones. Restaurants and food kiosks are also scattered in the area.
The East Coast Park is connected to Changi Beach Park through an 8km park connector. The Park Connector Network is under the management of the National Parks Board of Singapore. It serves as a connector between parks, gardens and neighborhood playgrounds. The network was approved in 1991 and started with the Kallang Park Connector in 1995. By January 2012, 200km of the network has been completed. Park hopping may be done on foot, on bicycles or on rollerblades, passing through canals, rivers and other greenery.