Coney Island Park now open to the public

Coney Island Park now open to the public

National Parks (NParks) announced on Saturday that the new Coney Island Park, located off the north eastern coast of Singapore, is now open to the public.

The opening of the 50 ha park was officiated by Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure Khaw Boon Wan on Saturday morning.

He also joined over 150 participants from various corporate and community groups to plant more than 100 trees.

NParks said that Coney Island Park is built on the principles of environmental sustainability, and the park seeks to enhance as well as protect the wide variety of habitats found in the area.

At the park, visitors may come up close with a wide variety of biodiversity, including several nationally threatened species such as birds like the Rusty-breasted Cuckoo and Spotted Wood-Owl, as well as dragonflies like the Sultan and Lined Forest-Skimmer.

They may also access the beach at five areas that showcase plants of different themes.

In addition, Coney Island Park has adopted several environmental initiatives to maintain its rustic character.

For example, the park's toilets run on electricity generated from solar power, while the toilets' water supply is harvested from rainwater, and indoor areas are lit by diffused sunlight.

Meanwhile, the park's signages, benches, boardwalk, as well as exhibits are made from timber collected from uprooted trees.

NParks said that the southeastern part of Coney Island is zoned for sports and recreational use under the Urban Redevelopment Authority Masterplan, and added that an interim park is planned for the western end of the island.

minlee@sph.com.sg

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