Opened in 2015, Coney Island Park is a S$3m, 50-hectare, ecologically-sustainable park connected to the mainland by two bridges at either end. The eastern end is connected to Pasir Ris Coast Industrial Park 6 and the western end is connected to Punggol Promenade and the advice is to use the western end, otherwise you face a long trek back to your starting point!
The brand-new park is home to an amazing variety of habitats including coastal forests, grasslands, mangroves, and casuarina woodlands.
There are over 80 species of birds including flocks of parakeets and almost 160 animal species as well as some that are nationally threatened including the spotted wood owl and the rusty-breasted cuckoo. The island is also a stop for migratory birds such as the blue-throated bee-eater and the park’s keepers have installed nest boxes for the birds on and around the island.
There is also a single Brahman cow that wanders the island! No-one knows how it got there and no-one reported it missing and it was only noticed after the dam crossings were built. It forages in the vegetation in the park and it undergoes vet’s check-ups every six months so please don’t feed it, get too close or try and take close-up photographs. It weighs close to 2,000lbs and Brahman cows are faster runners than you think they are!
There are five beaches in the park which have been deliberately left uncleared of greenery since National Parks wanted the island to stay as true to its natural environment as possible.
You can walk, cycle or take one of the guided tours and whichever way you decide to see Coney Island Park you will have a great day out. Unspoiled Singapore is a very, very rare treat and one that should be embraced whenever you get the chance.