Pasir Ris Park 10 Jul 2008 At 71 hectares, Pasir Ris Park is one of the largest parks in Singapore. What also sets it apart from the other parks is the 6-hectare mangrove forest, which has been carefully preserved. Boardwalks built into the mangrove bring you closer to the inhabitants of the mangrove community, which includes mud crabs, mudskippers and mangrove trees such as Rhizophora and Bruguiera. Birdwatchers will be able to see birds perching on tree branches from the 3-storey high Bird Watching Tower. The Pasir Ris Park extension, completed in 2007, features an open interpretative centre that complements the mangrove forest. Exhibits on display provide an informative educational experience and promote awareness of the ecological values of mangroves. Schools and community groups can look forward to a variety of programmes at the interpretative centre, including guided nature walks and workshops. Children will love the playground with its giant space-net, cableways, innovative play stations and a maze garden - guaranteed to provide hours of fun and laughter. For those who enjoy dining by the sea, restaurants can be found situated along the sandy beach where visitors can enjoy sumptuous western dishes prepared at reasonable prices. Or if you prefer to cook your own food, barbecue pits are adequate, either for small groups or big gatherings. And to end the day, why not camp overnight and be woken by the sound of waves?This park also offers cycling, in-line skating and water sports for those looking for active recreation. Outdoor concerts are also held in the park's open spaces and the amphitheatre. Do You KnowThe land on which Pasir Ris Park stands was a natural swamp habitat that was reclaimed 20 years ago. To re-establish the original mangrove habitat, National Parks Board laid organic matter down a two-kilometre stretch of land and planted 10,000 saplings of the Avicennia mangrove tree."Local Lingual" Pasir Ris is pronounced as "Pass-say" "Ris". Getting There By train10 minute walk from Pasir Ris MRT station.By BusService 403 to Elias Road and Pasir Ris Road and Service 354 to Pasir Ris Close (visitors need to walk along Downtown East) Opening hours/ admission: 24-hours (the park is lit from 7pm to 7am); entry is free.