Kent Ridge Park
10 Jul 2008
Kent Ridge Parks stands out from other parks as its design takes full advantage of the site's surrounding natural vegetation and topography. It also promotes an ambience of absolute serenity and calm. Surrounded by lush greenery, visitors to the park can breathe in the fresh air and absorb the panoramic views from the ridge. Various look-out points offer visitors magnificent views of the off-shore islands like Pulau Duran Darat.
The natural vegetation at Kent Ridge Park is the secondary forest with groves of Tembusu, Acacias and Dillenias. You can hear the sounds of birds and insects breaking the silence and serenity of the park, while you stroll through the meandering path towards the two ponds at the foot of the ridge. This allows one to revel in the serene ambience, away from the hustle and bustle of city living.
Nature lovers will enjoy the nature trail located within the park. Pitcher plants and wild orchids are found along this trail. On the eastern side of the park, towards the valley, is a natural pond teeming with turtles and fish such as the Japanese koi
Historically, one of the last battles for Singapore was fought on this hill, which oversees the harbor and the British military depots in the Ayer Rajah area. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War, a plague is installed at the car park B. Visitors can also view two decommissioned M114 Artillery Guns and an AMX-13 Light Tank which can displayed in the park.
For a good view of the forest canopy, the Kent Ridge Canopy Walk is a 280-metre long boardwalk that links Kent Ridge Park to the museum "Reflections of Bukit Chandu", which houses the history of the Opium Hill and the battalion of the Malay Regiment in the Pasir Panjang Area during the Second World War. Elevated from 1 to 16 metres, visitors will be able to see sunbirds, doves, squirrels, lizards and white-crested laughing thrushes. Signs are placed along the Walk to provide educational information on the various plants at the park.
Do You Know
The Kent Ridge Canopy Walk is 2-metre wide and three minutes' walk from the nearest car park. The boardwalk also allows access to people in wheelchairs as well as parents with baby strollers.
1.Service 200. Alight at South Buona Vista Road and proceed by foot via Vigilante Drive.
2.Service 92. Alight at the end of Science Park Drive.
3.Services 10, 30. 51. 61, 143 and 176 to Pasir Panjang Road and proceed by foot via Pepys Road.
1.Enter via Pepys Road, off Pasir Panjang Road, park at Car park C.
2.Enter by Vigilante Drive, off South Buona Road, park at Car park A or Car park B
The park is lit from 7:00pm to 7:00am; entry is free.