SINGAPORE: Visitors to East Coast Park can look forward to more parking lots, dining options and a 3,500sqm children's playground at the redeveloped Marine Cove, set to reopen at the end of this month.
The playground is set to open to the public on Jun 29, while five food and beverage outlets will open progressively from Jun 28 onwards, National Parks Board (NParks) said on Friday (Jun 24).
The 3,500sqm children's playground comes with a range of equipment suitable for children of various ages, NParks said. There is a three-storey play tower, which comes with three slides of different levels and a rope bridge, for children between five and 12 years old.
For children aged two to five, they have a play area that comes with talking tubes, fun mirrors and a drum set.
The playground will also have inclusive play equipment for children of different abilities to play together, said NParks. This includes special needs equipment such as sensory play panels.
Marine Cove was closed in 2012 for redevelopment, and the upgraded location was "developed based on a family and lifestyle concept with a focus on providing recreation for families", NParks said.
The family-friendly facilities include a new standalone public toilet facility which incorporates toilets, sinks and shower facilities tailored to young children.
EASIER ACCESS, MORE DINING OPTIONS
With the redevelopment also comes increased access to the area, said NParks. Car parks C2 and C3 have been reconfigured, with more parking lots added. A new linkway has also been built to connect the dining outlets with the nearby underpass to Marine Terrace.
Car park C2 will have 331 parking lots, with 36 motorcycle lots and four handicapped lots, while car park C3 will have 99 parking lots, with 24 motorcycles lots and two handicapped lots.
The footpaths at Marine Cove have also been designed to be wheelchair-friendly and accessible for parents with baby strollers.
Returning to the redeveloped Marine Cove is McDonald's, which had a popular branch at East Coast Park for more than 30 years. It will be joined by other food and beverage outlets such as Babalicious, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, My Briyani House and Hill Street Coffee Shop. These will open progressively from Jun 28 onwards.
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who is a Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC, wrote about Marine Cove’s redevelopment in a Facebook post on Friday.
"With the redevelopment, more open spaces have been freed up at Marine Cove and park users will have a clear view of the sea," he said.